I almost missed getting a picture of the girls coming out of their pen yesterday morning. I opened the gate & expected them to come out cautiously. I opened the gate, stepped back a couple of steps & here they came, like it was no big deal, even with the other donkeys everywhere. So I snapped a quick picture & watched them for awhile.
This is what their pen looked like within moments of them clearing out. Buddy, Cisco, Justin & Cheyenne were more interested in seeing if the girls left any scraps of food, than welcoming them.
As soon as they took a couple of kicks at BlackJack, they headed down to where a lot of the donkeys were in the trees waiting for the rain to start, which it did. Later on in the afternoon I looked out & everyone had migrated up by the house, & right in the middle was the girls...........with Quilla trying to get them to realize what a wonderful guy he is. He loves all the girls in a platonic way almost as much as old Pepper does. He has been hanging around their pen ever since they got here.........."just in case" I guess. Ha!
Since Paladin had been in over 24 hours he got to go out last night & all the girls stayed in. Jenny told us about it almost all night long in her mournful bray. So the girls will get to go out today.
This morning I looked out & BlackJack was playing with a gray donkey. I can always tell them apart, but not in the throes of mock battle. They were rearing & spinning, chasing & in general really moving around. It was so active I guessed everyone except Chester......which in fact, is who it was. He was really giving BJ a run for his money. The improvement in his lame leg since Martha started massaging him about a year ago is amazing. She thought he might have a paralyzed radial nerve, which had caused wasting of the muscles. The muscles have filled in & it's been a long long time since I even saw him take a mis-step. He still has a slight limp & always will probably, but he's come a long way from the 3 legged lame he use to be.