Donkey ears have an elaborate communication function which we can liken to semaphore signals. When I was walking with Dalie last summer, I noticed this in the encounters with other donkeys. The ears are constantly in motion, expressing a range of feelings and expectations, reactions and pleas to their handler. Here is a basic starter guide, with Matilde opening the batting…
1. Ears upright facing forward: expectation/hope ‘Is it food time again?’
Aren’t they beautiful, though? They are the loveliest two donkey babies in the world. Matilde 6 years old, Rubi 2 years old. Donkeys live to about forty years or longer. I wish I could have spent forty years with these two! They will see me out.
I cannot wait to get on the Camino de Santiago with Matilde. She is a real companion. Rubi will have to sadly stay at home. She is not yet a walking donkey and maybe never will be. Who knows? One day… No donkey should be deprived of the hope of being a peregrina to Santiago.