A future for Morris

Morris donkey, seen above on the day he was born in October 2011 with his proud mum Rubi, is now five months old. He is still a sweet fluffy foal. Yesterday the vet came and inspected all the donkeys, and I began the searching questions about the future for the foals. Morris is the obvious candidate for eviction from the little donkey paradise I have built, for he will eventually impregnate all the females. I could go from four to seven donkeys within a year!

He is now five months old. The vet says he will be active at nine months. To be on the safe side, I should separate him from the females at eight months. He is already having fun ‘mounting’ the females in play and digging his hooves in. His rather impressive organ only expands on other occasions, not when he is jumping the females, so he has not yet learned to associate his natural tendency to jump the ladies with the expansion of his undercarriage. He was already jumping his mother Rubi, back in December, wearing a Santa hat, so I will have to be very careful in the months ahead…

Realistically, I must start to look for a home for lovely Morris. The bouncy little chap will probably be the first of the family to move to a new pasture. It will be harder for me than for him, I think.


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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3 Responses to A future for Morris

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good luck finding a new home for Morris.
    Love Bron xx

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, Anonymous Bron. Morris won’t be going anywhere just yet. The foals are still not weaned anyway.

    (Anonymous? Why does that happen? It has happened with several comments before…)

  3. RatBag says:

    Oh dear! This is why I limited our pets’ breeding experiments to two guinea-pig litters (one of those unplanned) for the children’s “sex education”. I wouldn’t be able to part with lovely Morris either ;-( I hope you find him a kind owner, not too far away so that you can visit.

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