It is a novel arrangement for me, sitting down on a bench with a donkey on my lap! It is doubtless a novel arrangement for the donkey as well. Aitana – six days old now -sits happily across my lap and after stroking her for a while she can drift off to sleep, and it is just like holding a dozy kitten. The foals’ coats are soft like kittens or rabbits fur.
I am conscious that they will not be so easy to lift up and hold like this for very long, so I am keeping a photographic record. In a few weeks’ time, I imagine they will be too big to lift up and quite reluctant to put up with sitting on my lap any more, like stroppy teenagers who have outgrown parental caresses. Here is Aitana having her first grooming session. She has discovered dust baths and had become very dusty, so I gave her a good brushing.