Morris does his own thing

I attempted to walk all four donkeys up the road for some exercise today, all tied together. Morris did not want to be included in these arrangements and dug his hooves in, so we were all dragging him up the road and he slid along on his hooves. This was obviously unsatisfactory and dangerous as he might fall back on his hind legs and graze them, so I took him off the lead rope, and I assumed he would follow his mother Rubi as we continued. Bad plan. Morris ran all the way back down the road towards home.

I took everyone home quickly, expecting to see Morris in the field (the gate had been left open), but he was not there! I quickly put all the remaining donkeys in the field and locked the gate. Rubi was already looking distraught. I got into the car and headed down the road. A foal in full flight could already be a kilometre ahead!

I met Morris at the next bend in the road, being brought home by my Norwegian neighbour who had found him in the garden. What a relief! The biggest panic since Rubi and Matilde ran off last year! No photos of this, as it was all panic and no camera work! But here is Morris:


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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5 Responses to Morris does his own thing

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh My Gosh! What a fright! I wish I hadn’t suggested it now. Glad Morris was OK.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Don’t worry, Kathy! It wasn’t so much your suggestion but the next logical step, to take all four donkeys out and try to walk with them in a ‘train’. Only problem was that this did not fit in with ‘Morris logic’. 🙂

  3. rebrites says:

    wow, he is looking much less like a fuzzy little donkling and acting more like a jackass!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Actually, Reb, he’s still very much a fuzzy little donkling – whatever he thinks he’s acting like! – and he’s my fuzzy little donkling. There’s still something of the ‘mad parrot’ about him, as my daughter and I observed back in early November. This morning he did another loud bray and, since parrots don’t bray, I suppose his mad parrot days will be over soon.

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