Both donkeys are pregnant

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.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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6 Responses to Both donkeys are pregnant

  1. asbosheel says:

    Will you have to get used to calling her a new name and hasn’t she been giving you strange looks when you were calling her by the wrong name?

    Are you allowed to think up your own names for the foals?

  2. asbosheel says:

    Does Paco have any idea who the father/fathers could be?

  3. karin says:

    Congratulations!! Double Donkey population in one fell swoop! Amazing!!

  4. Barbara says:

    Well, Gareth, I won’t say I told you so but you recall when Rubi didn’t come into season I wondered if she might be pregnant……BTW, did I mention that I have the paperwork for my mule? It took one visit from the vet, a cheque for 40€ to the Haras, and it came in two weeks. Some burrocracies are less mulish than others, it seems. Do you get paternity leave?

  5. RatBag says:

    This is extreme, even in the context of your adventures, Brother Lapin! You have the wrong donkey? And you have two young ones on the way! I hope that your inexperienced mothers manage to get all the little legs in the right order when it’s time to produce the foals! Wishing your equine family all the best 😉

  6. rebrites says:

    Put up a ticket office and entrance gate now. There is nothing in the world more cute than a baby donkey, and if you have two? You´ll make a FORTUNE on donkey treats alone!

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