Lesson #1: When the treat trough is full, the milk bar is closed.
Persistence will be met with kicks, even if you are only two days old.
I didn't think anyone could top our Donkey Doodle Dandy when it comes to looking pitiful and glum, a la Eeyore. I mean, Dan is so good he can literally make you feel guilty over nothing. And that braying! Even when he's happy he still sounds sort of miserable. But Dan's new itty bitty son—who is also, ahem, his grandson—already has his daddy beat by a mile.
After repeatedly trying to nurse, and repeatedly being kicked at by Mama Esmeralda for his efforts, confused little Gnat (it's his nickname for now), finally gave up. I only saw Esmeralda's hoof make actual contact with him once, though he did get whacked in the face several times by her angry swishing tail.
Woeful and dejected, he backed away from his mother, stood looking around for several seconds, took a little breath, and then, with the most heartbreakingly sad look on his face, turned and started slowly walking down the road along the edge of the field.
Obviously his mother no longer loved him. If he had had any belongings, they would have been tied into a handkerchief knapsack attached to a stick held over his shoulder. I swear I almost cried.
He probably would have just kept going if Esmeralda hadn't gone after him. Minutes later, little Gnat was reunited with the herd.
Then, assured that his mother did indeed still want him, the two of them headed out into the field together.
Just getting to know our two new donkey boys?
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8/15/10: Meet the Dog Day
8/20/10: Oh Boy, Oh Boy
8/22/10 Not to Worry
8/23/10: Morning Group Shots
8/25/10: Jealous Little Guy?
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