I have family visiting from England and the donkeys are enjoying all the attention. In the middle of this, I had a phone call from Paco who sold me the donkeys, to say that there had been a muddle over the donkey passports. He had just sold another donkey – very similar to Matilde – and discovered that the microchip did not match her passport. He came to the conclusion that I must have the passport belonging to that donkey. Paco came to visit yesterday, bringing a microchip reader, and we discovered that Matilde was indeed not Matilde (six years old) but Babuina who is three. In the passport photo she looks very similar to the donkey called Matilde and Paco had simply mis-identified the animal when I bought her.
This means that I have a donkey called Matilde whose passport now says she is Babuina, but more important, she is half the age I thought she was! This now means that I have to start all over again with transferring the details of ownership on that passport to my details and that has so far taken three months for the Spanish agency concerned! Everything involving paperwork for these donkeys has been a complete nightmare from the start. That is Spanish burrocracy for you!
While all this muddle was very annoying, one thing that emerged from it all is quite delightful. Paco took one look at my two little fat donks and said instantly that they are both pregnant! He reckons they have about two months to go. He was quite certain about it and showed me where the particular bulges indicate the foal inside Rubi. Paco said that they were not too fat because that would show on their necks, but they have perfectly normal sleek necks. The way they are standing also indicates pregnancy. So it looks like I can expect to double my donkeys in September.