Tuesday, July 28, 2020


When I say big I mean BIG

Quite a difference between a 1350 pound quarter horse and a 33 inch mini donkey.....!  Poor little Jackson looks like a toy...!!  George the big bay has a thing about the donkeys.  If he happens to get away from Jorga he heads down the road to come visit with them.  

Big Gus doesn't look quite so big now does he?   Actually he is almost as tall as Banana, but of course he's built a lot different and doesn't weigh as much.  Donkeys have flat muscles, horses have bulging muscles.  The flat muscles are stronger and is the reason donkeys are twice as strong as a comparable horse for their size.  Gus in his hay day probably could have pulled or carried twice as much as Banana, not sure about George. 

 This turned into a social gathering, DJ the palomino pony met his palomino big brother Banana.  I can't say he was that impressed, he was curious, but wasn't very excited.  Gus was still trying to get closer. 

I'm suppose to race this week-end.  They put out the "rules" this morning over 2 pages of them of the hoops we have to jump thru and warned us there will be officials there to see if the "rules" are followed.  If not, no more racing this year.  At this point I'd just as soon they close, being on the track is just part of what racing is about and they are sucking all the fun out of the experience. 

I'm in 2nd place for end of the year points, for whatever that's worth, and I've always went by MY "rule" that if a track gives you a place to race you owe them.  You and your car should there every race date to make the show.  The only excuses are if you are in the hospital or dead.  A couple of years ago I was in a leg cast and missed the last race of the year.  The guys tried to figure out a way to get me in the car and that actually would have been doable.  But, I needed that left leg and foot to use the clutch, and brake and there was no way to make that happen.  

My rant is over, it's just very disappointing.  Age wise  I shouldn't still be doing this anyway, so any races I miss are races I probably won't get to make up in the future. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020


It's been cooler the last few days, which is nice.  Unfortunately it comes with humidity which isn't so nice.  BUT, also a little rain, we've gotten about 2/3s of an inch John said.  

We have an ocotillo planted by the kitchen window.  It's never bloomed, but this year it has leafed out 3 times.  They usually drop their leaves when it starts getting drier, this year everything time we get a little bit of rain, it leafs out again.  Poor thing will be exhausted by fall at this rate.....!! LOL

We've had enough wind to "help" the trees drop the mesquite beans and although the ground under the trees is covered with beans, the trees are starting to look rather bare.  

Yesterday morning when we were doing chores Jasper was acting crazy, running around in his pen, which isn't that large, ears pointed NW of the house and in general letting me know he wasn't happy.  We had heard some of the range cattle in that area and every once in awhile one of the bulls would grunt, guess Jasper didn't like that.  I asked John to bring a halter and rope for us to move him to another pen.  I put the halter on him, Suzanne said she'd take him.........well, as soon as the gate opened he took off like a race horse, so fast she didn't have a chance to let go of the lead rope.  She let go pretty quick only one little rope burn on her palm......LOL  He actually headed for his old pen, which is where we were going to put him anyway.  

All is quiet today, John went down to check the outside gate on Burroland.  We've had it open for a couple of weeks, but hadn't seen or heard any cattle over there except once awhile back.  John said there was tracks all over inside the gate where they have been roaming around..........YIPPEE!  any beans they eat, we don't have to wait for them to rot.  We even had some apples to throw around in there, in case they got bored with beans.  

I am still changing Macho Man's pressure bandage on his leg.  It's looking pretty good, I took a picture this morning and thought it looked like it was getting smaller.

It looks like there is more of a demarcation line between the good skin on the outside and the bad skin in the middle, but other than that it looks about the same.

Hopefully it is getting better

Thursday, July 23, 2020


This morning looked so promising, got a call from a friend that lives south of here and he was getting drenched.  

Went out to do chores and it was raining pretty good, so good in fact we didn't pick up poo or doctor. Suzanne checked the radar and there was a line of heavy rain headed our way.  

By the time we got done with chores it quit raining.  Checked the radar and there was nothing showing, where did it go?  The day has been overcast and cooler, but no more rain and the wash didn't run, which is a big disappointment.  I think last year it trickled a few inches wide a couple of times and that was it.  So we are overdue for a good rain SE of here, which is what will make the wash run.  

Leroy and Jackson begging.  It was almost impossible to get a picture of them, I'd go to the other side of the pen and by the time I got there, they were waiting for me.......!! LOL
What do little boys do?  Play in the mud of course and Casper is an expert.  Anytime it rains at all, he rolls around in the mud.  What gets me is, once he dries he'll be as white as snow. 
I noticed Leroy wasn't going to let Casper have all the fun....!!
DJ is looking good, he has some more weight to gain before he goes to his new home.  Also found out all 4 of his frogs are missing.  Tyler is coming next week, we'll see what he says.  Makaela cleaned and put Thrush Buster on his feet, before she went home and I am continuing the treatment,  He's a good boy to work on. 

Here is Jackson, Leroy and Casper.....all ready for treats if any were offered. They weren't.......!!

John got his ground sweeper and has been using it today.  After the rain it wasn't dusty, like it was yesterday when he got it put together and tried it out.  He has been running around in the Burro Barracks, which will be the donkeys play day area once the beans are raked up.  

I went out to take a picture of him working with the sweeper and he was raking with a hand rake.  When the beans fall they fall directly below the tree, which means he can't get real close to the tree.  So a lot of the beans will have to be raked away from the tree, before the sweeper can do it's job.  A little more labor intensive than we'd like, but hopefully it can be done.  

I did get to wash fly masks this afternoon and the weather is cool enough I don't think I'll have to put them back on until at least in the morning.  I'm sure the donkeys and DJ will appreciate not having them on for awhile. 

 This is a picture of Richelle and Isaiah reading the story of Tink, the Bravest Donkey to our Jasper before they went home.  Their names were entered in a contest to win the book and a plush donkey and they WON.........!!!  Congratulations, I'm sure Jasper appreciated the story.  All of the proceeds from sales of the book, go to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, the largest donkey rescue in the United States, so if you would like to add a donkey book to your collection or get it for a child or grandchild, the money would go to a good cause. 

Monday, July 20, 2020


Although they still don't have any confirmed races in Colorado, some of the runners are going out and at least getting some exercise.  There are 3 in the pipeline, I think everyone has their fingers crossed that they will happen.  

This is a recent outing with some of the Arizona donkeys, although I guess Miss Donnie aka Jenny is now a Colorado donkey since she's been adopted.
Here is a video Linda sent, showing what they have been up to in Colorado


This is a picture of Pepsi and his mom Carol out enjoying a little fun run exercise

Suzanne's grandkids will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning headed home with their parents.  We're really going to miss them, they are a lot of help with the donkeys and they seem to have a good time when they are here.  

Today they all went on a jeep tour in Tucson.  John doesn't do jeep tours much anymore, for one thing the tourist trade is almost non-existant because of the virus shut down.  They will still call him if they have a big tour and they need him to drive, other than that he's pretty much retired.  But they still let him take visiting family on a tour, so off they went.  It's cooled off a little bit, so hopefully it won't be too hot, riding around in an open jeep.  They even took the 4 year old, he's interested in cactus, been learning the names of prickly pear and cholla.  I'm pretty sure he will see some saguaro today.  

The donkeys are all doing pretty good on their lock up.  At first they were pretty noisy about it, now they just stare at us when we are out, hopeful but resigned I guess.  The last four we got haven't had a chance to roam on the property, they came in, and have been in their pens every since.  

I've been in touch with the surgical clinic in Gilbert about Macho Man's sheath surgery and we all decided to wait until it is cooler, it's just too hot to be hauling 3 hours one way, having surgery hauling back and healing with the unwanted attention of flies.  We've been thru surgery on a sheath with Cisco, in fact 3 times.  Don't remember what time of year it was, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't in the middle of summer.  

John is anxiously waiting for his leaf sweeper to get here to start picking up beans.  I sure hope it does what it says it will do, there are a lot of beans to deal with before the donkeys can go out.  We'll probably concentrate on the Burro Barracks first, to get it cleaned up so they can go over there during the day to snoop around.  Then the 10 acres, I don't think we'll be sweeping Burroland, they'll just have to wait until it is safe without human intervention.  

Saturday, July 18, 2020


Boy that was a quick visit, Their family came and got them this morning, so they are back home now.  I'm sure they will be glad to be only donkeys again..........!! 

Suzanne, John and me telling Nellie good bye.........

Don't know for sure, but looks like they are begging to go see what has changed at home since they left.

Oh! boy! let's go explore......!!!

I think Nellie is happy to be home, guess she missed her "salad" this week.............LOL

Don't think the little palo verde is going to survive at the rate she's going.....!!
Thanks, India for the pictures and video.

I am still doctoring Macho Man's scar tissue leg every morning.  Still not putting any Endoderm on it, I'm beginning to wonder if he might be allergic to something in it.  Yesterday I just put vaseline on it to keep it from sticking to the bandage. It looks like the scar tissue is breaking down and underneath it is hopefully normal tissue.  It looks like it has capillaries and small veins in it, which scar tissue doesn't have.  He also acts like it has feeling in it, which could be why he tries to get away from me.  I might try to get a picture tomorrow morning, although the little veins and capillaries probably won't show up in a picture.  Tomorrow I might try to put a new boot on him Dr. Jeremy recommended.  If it fits nice and tight on his leg as it is suppose to, I won't have to tightly wrap with cotton, gauze and vet wrap to help control the growth of scar tissue. 

John is getting a leaf sweeper, he thinks it will really help with picking up mesquite beans, I hope he's right.  We definitely have bumper crop this year........!!! LOL

Thursday, July 16, 2020


Macho Man's leg had been doing so good, until a couple of days ago.  When I started to bandage his leg, he took off like his tail was on fire.  I had to get Mikaela to hold him to finish the job. The next morning when I took the bandage off, he had chewed at it and made quite a mess of it on the bottom.  

Same thing, when I tried to bandage him, he really didn't want it.  Suzanne held him, and when I got it done, he started gnawing on it with a purpose, so I knew something wasn't right.  Got in touch with Dr. Jeremy and he said to not doctor for a few days.  He had said not to get the Endoderm on the new skin and I thought I was doing that, but obviously not good enough.  The old scar tissue doesn't have any feeling but the new skin does and I guess it's irritating, poor old boy. When I start doctoring again, I will have to be more careful.  

I left it uncovered yesterday and this morning just put a cover on it to keep the dirt from sticking to it for a few days. 

This is how it looked this morning with dirt on it.  

This is the 2 new girls, Kachina and Anazazi, they had fun last night, breaking the faucet in their pen.  This morning there was quite a water source thru Big Gus, DJ the pony, and Rosie's pens.  Good thing they didn't do it earlier in the night or it would have gone farther.  As you can see they weren't the least bit contrite, they just wanted a cookie...........!!!  LOL

I don't have a picture of Koshare's handiwork the last few days, but he's been pretty busy also.  Two days in a row he turned his great big black rubber feeder over, and stood on it until it collapsed in two places.  Suzanne had to stand on it to flatten it again, although he had cracked it.  Yesterday he did it again, but this time there wasn't any saving it.  So now he has a half barrel John says he can't destroy........we'll see.  

We had put a jolly ball in with him to keep him occupied.  He chewed about 1/3 of it into little pieces, I have no idea if he ate any of it or not, we're doing Poo 101, looking for pieces of blue.  I'm not sure what we could put in with him for entertainment, a bowling ball perhaps.........???  Jolly balls are suppose to be indestructible...........not with this boy.........!! 

Everyone else seems to be doing good and staying out of trouble.  Nellie and Carlos will probably go home this week-end when their family get home from their mini-vacation.  They've been very good don't hardly know they are there.

Haven't heard from Colorado for awhile, there are some rumblings about 3 of the races taking place in August.  The course will be different, not starting in the towns like they normally do, but at least the pack burro runners will get a little action this year.  If those races go well, maybe things will lighten up a little and people can get back to normal.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

LOOKIN' GOOD..........I THINK.............!!

This is how Macho Man's leg looked 4 days ago.  

This is how it looked this morning.  I think it looks a whole lot better.  

I scrubbed off the scabby stuff at the bottom as per vet instructions this morning and really am impressed with how good it looks.  The idea is, the light pink around the edges is healthy scar tissue, if there is such a thing and will close in to cover the area completely.  

Nellie and Carlos have settled in nicely and don't seem to mind being in smaller pens than they are use to.  Last night we were on the edge of a rain storm that was north of us.  We mostly got the wind and a few sprinkles,  the people north of us got about 1 1/2 inches of welcome rain.  

With all the wind we thought sure the trees would be bare of mesquite beans........!!!  I guess they aren't ready to fall, because the trees still have plenty unfortunately.  

This afternoon Mikaela and Richelle came in to tell us there were cows on the 10 acres.  The only way they could get in here would be to go thru the fence.  Over the years this has happened a few times, we always wonder why they would climb thru a fence when it's the same stuff on this side of the fence as on the other side.  These are range cattle which means they haven't seen a lot of humans and really aren't that thrilled when they do see them.  We all went out to herd cattle, opened the gate, so they could walk out, but NO, NO, NO.  They came in thru the fence and by golly that's the way they left.  Makes me think maybe our barbed wire fence needs to be restrung after almost 30 years.  

I guess they came in after the beans, although there are beans all over outside the fence.  We're thinking about leaving the gate open, so they could come in like invited guests.  They are wild enough they probably wouldn't come around close to the house or the RVs, unless they thought there was something really tasty close to the buildings.  Still thinking about it, we have the 20 acres of Burroland open, but so far I don't think they've been over there. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020


Here are a couple of videos from Colorado.  It's hard to imagine these people are running and playing in the snow, when down here in the SW desert we're hitting 110* most afternoons and the nights aren't going below 70*

I know this winter we will feel sorry for them, but right now their snow looks really inviting..!!!  Although there aren't any official races yet, a lot of people are going out for fun runs, which is really good, for the people and the donkeys.  Some of our healthy donkeys that went up for the summer, have never been in a race, although they have miles of training. Wouldn't want them to think they were just up there for a vacation.  LOL  No problem, it doesn't take much to figure out who enjoys running and who doesn't.  Almost all of them love it, I can't think of anyone that said "no thank you".

At the end of this video is Quilla, who is one of the donkeys that goes up to Colorado for health reasons.  That's doesn't stop him from wanting to participate, granted he's not trotting, but he's trying to keep up with the rest of them.

This morning Nellie and Carlos came to visit for a few days, while their humans take a mini vacation.  Unfortunately this time of year because of the mesquite beans isn't a good time to get to enjoy Longears Camp, which usually consists of being able to enjoy running on the acreage.

This is Nellie fresh out of the trailer

Nellie and Carlos headed for their pens.

The first thing they did when their halters came off, is put their heads down and start eating beans on the ground from the trees just outside the pens. 

The beans are ripening rapidly in this heat, yesterday we had quite a bit of wind and a lot of the beans blew down.  John and I checked over in the "day care" center called the Burro Barracks and it looks like about 1/4th of the beans are on the ground.  So we are hoping for a lot of wind.  Once most of them are on the ground, we can rake them in that area, and then let the donkeys go over there in small groups between morning and afternoon feeding.  Then we will be hoping it rains a lot to make the beans turn black quicker everywhere else.  

They all know they are being horribly mistreated, poor Carlos and Nellie are wondering what happened to their lovely large pen with all the amenities their little hearts could desire at home.  The rest of them watch us constantly when we're outside and if we go close to their pens they get all excited.  

We're still doctoring Macho Man's leg every day.  The leg really is looking good I think, except for an area down at the bottom of it.  Dr. Jeremy said the scabbing should be scrubbed off.  So we'll see how that goes in the morning.  

All the newbies seem to be settling in just fine, well Kosharie is a mouthy squirrel.  He means well, but is pretty exuberant.  Anazazi has fly damage on a front leg we are doctoring with Underwood  Horse Medicine.  This is really good stuff to use on just about any wound on an equine.  I think a lot of their wounds becoming a problem is the difference in our ground.  They were on soft dirt and years of manure, our ground is sand/gravel/rock.  When they lay down their scars and wounds aren't use to such abrasiveness and break open, which thrills the flies to no end. Kosharie and Kachina both are in good shape, no wounds that I've found yet.  

DJ, the palomino pony is gaining weight and is starting to look pretty good.  Mikaela has been taking him out for walks, so he can see there is a big world out there.  She's been taking him out about 5am, when it's relatively cool.  I'm not sure he is interested in anything except food.  He so dearly loves his pellets and anxiously watches us, when we're handing out rations.  

Here he is one morning out for a walk.  He's going to miss her when she goes home in a week or so.  But he will be going to a new home with other horses, donkeys and mules as soon as we get a little more weight on him. 

Wednesday, July 08, 2020


Dr Jeremy came out yesterday specifically to see Macho Man, but also gave the other 3, plus Sasha a quick look.  Anazazi was limping on a rear leg when we picked her up.  She had been favoring it off and on, so I didn't think it was an abscess, he said he could see a little swelling above the fetlock, so she's probably stepped wrong.  When we picked them up, the woman said she had been limping for a couple of days.  

We had worried about Sasha's tendons, she went from walking with long feet to walking with short feet.  He said her tendons felt OK, so I guess when she walks ouchy, maybe she's just tender footed.  

Now to Macho Man.  Dr. Jeremy said it looked like his sheath might be from getting caught on a fence or something rather than habronema larvae damage.  He said the couple of inches that is enlarged on the end could probably be amputated and it would probably be best done in a hospital setting, rather than in the field.  Macho is 20-24 years old, it couldn't be done until cooler weather, and would it make a big difference in his life?  It's a 3 hour haul to the surgical clinic, which also has to be factored in to the equation.  I have sent pictures to the clinic to see what they think.  

He has cataracts on both eyes, and limited vision in the right eye.  And I have a project for the foreseeable future to apply a pressure bandage daily on his leg. 

Thanks for the picture Mikaela
This is how it looked this morning when I took off the professional bandage and got ready to try my first attempt at a pressure bandage.  Mine looked pretty good, we'll see how it looks in the morning, when I change it.  If it sags or wrinkles, I'll flunk and have to try harder. 

The light pink around the edges is healthy scar tissue.  The pressure bandage is used to keep the over growth of cells from growing wild, and to give the healthy cells a chance to grow in a natural pattern.  

He actually was a good boy to work on.  He was eating his hay and stood still.  

Since we couldn't put most of the donkeys over in the Burro Barracks for the next few weeks after yesterday's trial, this morning we tried putting a small group over there for the day.  The trial proved to be awkward, Cisco started coughing because of the dust over there.  When we have tours, it would add more walking for the visitors, and it's much easier to have them all in pens in a row.  So the next plan was to to have it as a "day camp"  with small groups going over for the day.   Today Rosie, Gigi, Jasper (their boyfriend) Bella, and Sasha, got to go.  

They have spent the day with their heads up in the trees eating beans, or pushing on the trees to make the beans fall.  Of course the minis can't reach the beans, so they are hanging around waiting for the bounty to be shared. 

So the next plan is everyone will have to stay in the pens, until the all the beans fall.  Then we can rake the Burro Barracks pen and have "day camp".  Unfortunately that isn't going to happen for awhile.  

I think some of them are already tired of being in the pens.  Overnight Koshare tore down the wiring for the lights in the pen.  This afternoon Bunny broke off the faucet in one of the pens.  It caused a lake in the pens before Richelle saw it.  Actually I've thought about putting these 2 together and see which one survives.  Not really, but personality wise, they are a lot alike.  Can't wait to see what they come up with tomorrow.......!!! LOL 

Sunday, July 05, 2020



Last night I took some pictures of his worst problems

This is his sheath from the left side.  He can't retract it and I have no idea what that growth sticking out is. 

This is the right side

This is his right front leg.  When we picked him up the leg didn't have all this dirt and gravel on it.  The whole thing was just pink scar tissue.  It was dry and smooth.  His pen was soft dirt and dried manure, our pens are small gravel and obviously it is more abrasive than what he is use to.  When he lays down the gravel probably scrapes the scar tissue, makes it wet and the gravel sticks.  The leg is enlarged from the scar tissue and always will be.  Good thing about scar tissue, it doesn't have feeling, so it isn't sore. 

This morning I got out soap, water, rags and was going to clean it up.  Macho is really a sweet boy, but when I started working on his, he decided he would rather be somewhere else.  John had put a corral panel in his pen, to use as a "redneck" squeeze.  He neither leads or follows, so getting him into the squeeze was a challenge, but we finally got most of him in, before he said I'm not going any further..........!!! LOL  He is really good at planting his feet firmly.

Some of the dirt and gravel was caked on and dried, and it would have taken a lot of picking and rubbing to get it off.  So I covered it with zinc oxide, put a sock over it for the day, and hopefully when we go out to feed, the hard stuff will have softened and I can get it off.  I have a covering to put on it, he'll probably have to wear something over that area, all the time.  I haven't seen him lay down, if he just lays down at night, he might not have to wear a cover during the day.  We'll have to figure it out. 

I also checked his sheath, while he was in the squeeze.  The bulb on the end is so large, there is no opening, which is why he sprays when he pees.  I can't imagine what it looks like behind it.  Obviously it works OK, there is no drainage or smell. 

The other 3 are settling in just fine.  They really are nice donkeys and are very adoptable.  But not until they will lead.  Don't know about picking up feet yet. 

Friday, July 03, 2020

And they aren't happy........

They are very aware when they are being mistreated, and having to stay in their pens is really high on their list of mistreatments.

As of today Burroland their 20 acres playground is CLOSED for the duration.  They are still getting out of their pens for a few hours in the afternoon, but the beans have ripened and are starting to fall.  They were getting out for about 5 hours in the afternoon, but as of today, that has been cut to 3 1/2 hours.  It won't be long before they get no time out, I put it off as long as possible.  Unless we get a lot of rain, to cause standing water to keep the beans wet for a long time they probably won't be inedible until late September........!!!

Yesterday we picked up the 4 donkeys that were turned over to us by an older couple that could no longer take care of them.  It's a mom, gelded dad and 2 of their 4 offspring the people have.  They are keeping the 2 youngest ones age 14 and 13 to see if they can manage with just two.  Those two, Liberty and Jackpot really wanted to participate in whatever was going on.  I think they would have jumped in the trailer whether they had a halter and lead on or not, they almost climbed the fence. 

We had no idea how we would do it, we knew they hadn't been handled a lot and they had been in the same pens for years.  So we gathered up our halters and ropes and animal crackers and off we went.

When we got there, John figured out how to get the trailer backed in to a gate, so we wouldn't have to try to lead them, we knew they didn't lead, although they actually aren't oppose to leading, they just haven't probably done much of it.

The 2 younger ones (15 and 16) almost hopped in the trailer, like they thought it was a great adventure.  This is momma Kachina and she wasn't that thrilled about the whole idea, but she finally got in the trailer.

All three are in the trailer, Suzanne and John are squished in the front corner.  If this was with untrained horses this would be a dangerous situation.  Donkeys are just so mellow and are usually willing to go along to get along.  Except for Suzanne getting her foot stepped on a couple of times, they finally pushed their way out of the corner. 

This is Mudhead the daddy of the 4 younger ones.  We thought that was a weird name until we found out the other three are named Kachina, Anazazi, and Koshare (Ko shar' ie) and remembered Mudhead is one of the Kachinas.  We just couldn't call him Mudhead, so we are calling him Macho Man.  We will probably tell people when they come out to see the donkeys about his other name and why, but we'll call him Macho.
This is Macho NOT going in the trailer.  I guess a few years ago they tried to put him in a trailer and he got away from them, and was running loose in a residential area for 5 days.  The man said he got thirsty and came home.  I would imagine he could find water, but started to miss his "herd". 

After the trailer ride, the other 3 hopped out and went in their pen pretty easy.  Macho, not so much, first he wouldn't get out of the trailer.  They almost dragged him out, and then he wouldn't move his feet.  John finally figured out it might be the mat that Suzanne and Mikaela are standing on.  Sure enough, once they moved it, he reluctantly moved to his pen.

You can see his body language says I don't want to do this....!!!

This is momma Kachina on the left and Anazazi almost in my face.  They are very curious and seem to be comfortable with people which is a big  plus.  We had just enough rain to dampen everyone, they aren't this dark, they are wet.

This is Koshare, boy is he going to be fun...!!!  He has a high opinion of himself and seems to think he is in charge of the girls, whom he has been in a pen with for a long time.  This morning he was hogging the hay and in general being obnoxious, so we put him in a pen next to the girls on one side and Macho on the other.  Oh! my! you would think his little world had come to an end if he couldn't be in with the girls.  Suzanne finally put down T-posts to attach the corral panels to.  He was trying to push them down, and quite frankly he probably could.  He is high energy like Bunny. 

Macho has quite a bit of long term fly damage.  The marks on his legs are scarring from fly damage.  Also the dark area under his eyes is scarring and swelling from habronema.  You can see the swollen bulb on the end of his sheath.  I'm not sure what it is, but it looks like habronema damage like Cisco had years ago.  We'll see what Dr.Jeremy has to say when he gets time to come out. 
When we saw him the 1st time he seemed depressed, but after being around him I think he's just use to being by himself and hasn't had a lot of stimulation over the years.  The other three will be very adoptable I think, but Macho will stay here in sanctuary, he will take lifetime care.