Norma and Mo, sittin’ in a tree… K-i-s-s-i-n-g… (Well, maybe not yet… but close.)






Norma lived with Slick and Dodger for many, many years.  Slick, 21 years, Dodger, 25 years.

Norma is a very loyal donkey.  She loves who she loves.

Mo was not one of them.

I mean, Norma would show affection to the geldings when Spring sprung.  But she really never loved any other equines except her ponies.

But now, all of her ponies are gone.  And Norma is alone.

Dodger and Norma. 25 years together.

I’ve noticed…

I’ve noticed that she likes BG.  She doesn’t love BG, but she stands close to her and likes to graze with her.

Norma still doesn’t like Gwen, which is a bummer because they are both the same age and could be put together to get special feeds, etc… but Norma would prefer not.

Norma continues to love Dalton and Finn, but only for a short time, then she wants her space.

BG and Norma grazing – using social distancing.

BUT YESTERDAY….

Yesterday, I noticed that Norma was standing right near the gate, and Mo was on the other side.  Norma didn’t run away, which she usually did.  From all previous interactions, Mo disgusted her.

But yesterday, she allowed him to stand near her, albeit on the other side of the fence.

And then… AND THEN, I saw him reach through and kiss her!

Norma didn’t bite him or run away.  She just flattened her ears in feigned distaste.

Mo and Norma at the gate together. (In the back, you can see Mo’s girlfriend, Missy Miss, look on…)

Mo sizes up the situation.

And BAM! He goes in for the kiss. Norma didn’t run away, which is huge.

AND TODAY…

And today, I saw a share.

Norma wanted to eat near the fence so I put a little dish out for her.  Mo came over… and stuck his neck through the fence to eat with Norma.

THAT was unbelievable.

Stay tuned…

Mo sticks his head through the fence…in a very daring move… and SHARES.  Norma let him share!

I apologized to Mo for the intrusion on this very delicate moment…

 

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A brief update on our April Bucket Fund baby, Goliath!






Over the weekend, the LRTC Team members who are caring for Goliath sent a few pics and videos to update us on his tremendous progress.

Yay!  Go, Goliath!  This foal continues to grow exponentially… but he is finally catching up with is coordination after a rough start with totally contracted tendons.  He was huge at birth and could not stand due to contracted tendons.  You can read his original story here.

Goliath was born in the wild with total contracted tendons. He could not stand to nurse. He was rescued by the LRTC team.

UPDATE 2 WEEKS LATER!

Goliath meets ball.

Ahhh, the dreaded flapping tissue!  *And wearing a halter, not a harness!!

Going for a nice walk… with a halter!

Meeting “Fancy” the Clydesdale.

They say he is fascinated by motorized things.

AND VIDEOS!

Goliath races the tractor. Click image to play video

Watch Goliath hone his skills… Click image to watch short video

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