Morris needs his food battles

As Morris nears his second birthday next week, he has begun to assert himself very powerfully against Matilde and sometimes his own mum, Rubí. The battles always take place over food and Morris is becoming increasingly belligerent.


He has always been a lovely looking donkey but he has a very strong sense of his own power now, and seeks domination of the field. He will fight with Matilde over a few twigs of olive tree.  Matilde still tries to muscle him away from the latest food, but she now defers to Morris when the kicking begins.  Morris kicks high and hard.  I went in to break up a kicking match and I was kicked in a very sensitive place immediately…

Hopefully, the resultant whack that Morris received from the broom taught him that kicking me is not welcome, and he ran off down to the far end of the field!  But the problem between him and Matilde remains. He fights Rubí for food too, occasionally, but he never challenges Aitana. He allows her to feed with him even over the last grains in the morning “muesli” feed, while he kicks Matilde away.

I begin to see traits of teenager behaviour here. Once again my school teaching timetable means I am spending my day entirely with Year 10 to Year 13…  The similarities with the fractious Morris are quite clear, but happily the pupils do not kick me.  Yet.


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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4 Responses to Morris needs his food battles

  1. Injury Lawyers 4 Donks says:

    Dear Mr Lapin
    Be aware that I am acting for Mr Morris in the matter of your unprovoked attack on him with a broomhandle, after creeping up behind him while he was rehearsing his liturgical dancing in anticipation of performing at Cardinal Marini’s inauguration at the CDF.

    You will never teach donkeys in this town again.

  2. golden chersonnese says:

    Lapin, do schools do “time-out rooms”? I haven’t been near a school for over twenty years, hence my uncertainty.

    If so, surely that’s what Morris should be heading for, at meal times anyhow.

    While looking for a suitable donkey time-out video I haplessly came across this*. Admittedly it’s not at all what is deeded in the circumstances and not at all appropriate for Morris since you had him “modified”..

    *Some coarse material

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Despite Morris being a “modified” Jack he still occasionally gets up to some hi-jinks with the Jennets, and the last sight I had this morning when setting off to work was Morris jumping Aitana, and after he had suitably impressed her with his spectacular but pointless appendage, she in turn jumped on him. They are two years old now: birthday celebrations for Morris 1st October and Aitana 2nd October. I’ll probably put up some photos or a video from two years ago and compare the way they look now.

  4. golden chersonnese says:

    How lovely. Happy birthdays, Morris and Aitana. Perhaps you could delay Morris’s time-outs until after the festivities?

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