And another foal…!

This time it was quite unexpected and delivered in full view of some friends who had dropped in to admire Morris. The photos are not very good because I was not concentrating on camera settings but on my poor struggling Matilde. She had a real struggle getting the foal out and sat there recuperating for a long time while the foal took its first steps. This one is a female, not yet named!

Matilde needed a little first aid attention with Betadine on some torn areas, as it was a bit of a struggle for her, but she is otherwise fine. The foal has been very naughty already and started breaking down fences. The electricity is off for the moment for the foals to learn about it in controlled conditions and not get too traumatised on their first day. Within 24 hours I have seen the arrival of two lovely foals when I only expected one. The vet had said Rubi was pregnant but Matilde was not. Here is a video of the birth taken by a friend who was watching.

The donkey appears in her placenta bag and struggles out of it when she is on the ground. The placenta has to be kept to be inspected by the vet. My farrier friend Brian Colyer who was assisting today suggested that the placenta should be photographed for the record. He also said it was rare to see photos of the equine placenta. So, here is what it looks like. Turn away if you are squeamish and scroll down to the picture of the lovely foal who emerged from it earlier today.

9.30 pm Sunday 2 October, I finally have a name for Matilde’s foal. She is Aitana.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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11 Responses to And another foal…!

  1. Hey Nonny No says:

    I am so glad Mathilde did not miss out on motherhood, and that both foals arrived in good shape. i have to say they look suspiciously alike, and i wonder if the same socially irresponsible baby father is involved.

  2. Lynn Sheriff says:

    What brilliant news! Matilde must be delighted to no longer be thought of as a drama queen. You’re certainly going to have some fun with two of them 🙂

  3. steve says:

    Burros al contrario. Harvest foals at luna nueva. ¡Enhorabuena!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Hey Nonny No, you are right I think. I had the same thought myself when we were watching the miracle of new life standing on her feet for the first time. Matilde’s foal Aitana is so like Rubi’s foal Morris that it does suggest the same father was taking an interest in both these girls within 24 hours, 11 or 12 months ago…

  5. marie corcoran says:

    Two grandkids!!! Lovely!!!!!

  6. JabbaPapa says:

    norty norty donkey, Matilde … 😀

  7. karin says:

    Wow…glad to read other’s responses…cause my first thought was about her being the sympathy pregger!! Both babies are absolutely beautiful! Congrats all around!

  8. Chris de Cordova says:

    Oh, she is so pretty and so obviously female – and yes they look alike but her ears are neater! Just like all females! You must be so proud!

  9. Frere Rabit says:

    Chris, you are absolutely right about Aitana. She is exquisite, and as you say, obviously female! A real beauty. Morris is fun and cute, but Aitana really is elegant. She is taller than Morris but about the same body weight. The mothers are quite happy for me to pick them up and hold them. Morris is small enough to sit on my lap. The imprinting process is crucial in these 24 hours. They must recognise mum as their attachment figure, but having human handling is vital as well. Later on, when they are required to pick up their hooves for inspection, if they have been handled well in the early days they will be more compliant.

    i still can’t believe they are real. They look just like cuddly toys on a fairground stall with their big eyes and ridiculously small bodies!

  10. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Ooh they seem to look like me!

    My goodness, double the animal population in such a short time. How pleased you must be!

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