Matilde has developed a prominent milk sac in the last 24 hours, so she may be overtaking Rubi now in the race to be first to foal. I looked at Matilde today and saw the clearly bulging milk sac, brought my camera straight away to get a photo, and Matilde nearly destroyed the camera! She managed to get her rear right hoof in the shoulder strap of the camera, then kicked back and launched the camera full force at the car parked nearby. It bounced off the rear bumper. Thanks to the solid build of a Nikon D80, the camera survived, with just a cracked casing… And here is the photo.
The vet is coming out to see both Rubi and Matilde on Tuesday afternoon. I am still camping in the field and I hope we can get through another three nights without any foaling… Now that I have been told many stories about all the complications that can happen, I am a nervous wreck lying awake in the tent at night, imagining foaals appearing at all angles and with hooves all over the place. Why can’t donkeys just lay eggs and hatch them? It would all be so much simpler. It makes you wonder what the Creator was doing when he drew up the Great Plan.
POSTSCRIPT Sunday 4th September
When I gave the donkeys their evening feed yesterday, Matilde didn’t want to eat. She just remained sitting down in the stable looking at Rubi eating, which is completely out of character. I took this as a significant sign of imminent foaling and I spent the night in a corner of the stable with my foaling kit. It turned out to be a sleepless night and another false alarm! Matilde started eating straw during the night and kept me awake with loud chewing noises, so I gave up the watch at 4 am and returned to the house. Maybe things will be clearer after the vet’s visit on Tuesday.