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.