I am so sad to say, our donkey experiment did not go so well.
Unfortunately, we had to give Abner away to a new owner.
I love Abner.
(Even a very muddy Abner.)
I mean, really, look at those EARS!!
Only, Abner’s sweet face did not translate to his behavior.
Let me back up.
Donkeys are known watchdogs…they protect the herd they are with.
Abner was a great watchdog for our three cows and life was good. In fact, it was fascinating to watch Abner interact with the cows. He was especially protective and fond of Freddie (Ethel’s calf), I think, because they were newbies, the youngest.
(How’s that for cow and donkey psychology?)
Anyway, we decided to add another Lowline Black Angus to our small cow family.
Lovey (as in Thurston Howell, the III’s wife from Gilligan’s Island) joined Lucy and Ethel (and Freddie) a couple of weeks ago.
Immediately, Abner would have nothing of it.
Apparently, he did not like Lovey breaking up their happy home, so he prevented her from joining the other three.
Lovey came to us impregnated, so naturally, we did not want her to be running, and Abner was determined to run her.
After watching him being so ugly toward her, we really had to reconsider keeping him around when she and Lucy and Ethel had calves.
While donkeys are known for protecting, they can also be so protective they can kill a newborn calf, simply because it’s a new and unknown creature entering the picture.
We couldn’t take that chance.
We found a lovely new home for Abner.
I asked the sweet man who took Abner to give us an update on how he’s doing, but I have yet to hear from him.
Who knows? We may try owning a donkey again in the near future, but ThrillCam and I have agreed that we want a baby donkey to begin with.
Either way, we’re always learning.