Norty donks eat a fig tree

I worked very hard over the weekend to make an extension to the field to take in a shady spot under the fig tree, so the donkeys could have another cool spot to spend the day when I am at work. Now see how they repay my efforts. The tree has been largely destroyed in the space of twenty-four hours. What is responsible for this vandalism? I begin to suspect the urban influence of the pigeon.

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The delinquency seems to coincide exactly with the arrival of the pigeon and I would not be surprised if there is some kind of equine-avian conspiracy afoot. Here is the nice shady spot under the fig tree: clearly vandalised by donkeys.

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This is what the donks did to it

This is what the donks did to it

...And the roots

…And the roots

Teeth marks leave no doubt who are the culprits

Teeth marks leave no doubt who are the culprits

And now I have had to fence the whole area off

And now I have had to fence the whole area off

Donks have eaten a whole tree but now eat supper as normal. Greedy little piggs

Donks have eaten a whole tree but now eat supper as normal. Greedy little piggs

The mysterious pigeon roosts on my balcony pretending innocence

The mysterious pigeon roosts on my balcony pretending innocence

I feel an M.Phil. dissertation coming on… “Towards an understanding of avian urban influence on equine delinquency in rural Spain.” My rabit theory.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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4 Responses to Norty donks eat a fig tree

  1. Jim of Olym says:

    Mine eat almost anything, including the posts holding up the roof of their stable (home)! They have no respect. We had to put chicken wire around all the trees and other edible stuff they were told not to touch, if they eat all the bark they will kill the firs and other evergreens.

  2. Yes….avian but perhaps not urban? I have been reliably informed that it was the chickens fault that our fig tree was debarked…and the cherry.. and the damsons….

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    In reply to both you and Jim, the problem of de-barking trees is one that raises the question, what happened to the Sahara Forest? 🙂

    The donkeys are little blighters when it comes to tree behaviour. I have chain link fencing wrapped around the lemon tree, so I should not have been surprised by the attack on the fig tree since I extended the corner fence to give them more shade. It was the speed of their bark-stripping efforts that caught me napping! I expected to monitor the situation over this week, then put protection measures in place at the weekend, but they beat me to it with an all-night tree attack.

    I still think the pigeon is encouraging them from the sidelines.

  4. Alys says:

    Poor fig tree! Will it live to tell the tale?

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