March 2011

A rare, quiet moment for Meggie Moo:

A tender moment between Momma and Baby Boy:

Ellsworth being an incredible big brother and officially welcoming Patrick into the herd:

A hug from Fergus. I will always cherish this photo:

The simple joy of taking Bernard for a walk around the block:

April 2011

Kassie watching squirrel television:

Patrick learning how to be a donkey and giving his very first hug:

Welcoming the ducklings to the farm:

May 2011

Donkeys and ducklings meeting for the first time:

Whisky romping in the Rio Grande:

The ducklings loving the lawn sprinklers:

One of our many donkey play dates. Oh, how we love our play dates:

Remember if you click on any of the photos, you’ll be taken to the original blog posts.

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For the last couple of weeks, we’ve noticed Abigail’s udder getting bigger and bigger. We wondered if it’s possible for a doe to start filling her udder and making milk without ever being pregnant. (Abigail has never been pregnant.)

As much as I wanted to show you the size of her udder, Abigail was very shy about letting me take photos.

Turns out, the answer to our question is yes. If a doe starts making milk without ever being pregnant, it’s called being “precocious” and is actually not uncommon.

Here’s Don seeing if Abigail was making milk. If we had captured the audio, you’d hear Don saying something like, “I can’t believe I’m milking a goat.”

Yup, Abigail’s got milk. More research showed us that it’s best to just let her be and not milk her; she will eventually reabsorb the milk.

Thanks for trying, Abby. ♥

It’s a really rough life, but somebody’s gotta do it.

I’ve often wondered why goats have horizontal slit-shaped pupils.

In the little bit of information I’ve been able to find on the subject, animals like goats may have evolved horizontal pupils because better vision in the vertical plane may be beneficial in mountainous environments.  Apparently, having horizontal slit-shaped pupils increases their peripheral depth perception and also makes it easier for them to see at night.

Did you know that donkeys have blind spots directly in front of and behind them and that they can’t see the ground when their heads are raised?

When Mom got home from work yesterday, there were some interesting sounds coming from the pasture. Was Abigail in a crabby mood? Was she being playful?

What do you think?

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to introduce you to the masters of escape here at Morning Bray Farm. If there’s a way out, rest assured that Leland and Abigail will find it.  (Remember to click on any photo for a larger view.)      

This is Leland,       

        

and this is Abigail.       

       

A modification or two has been made to our fences and gates since their arrival one year ago. We love that they keep us on our toes.