In September last year we collected a 7 month old donkey called Kikas. Being a young stallion we couldn’t put him in with the other donkeys and so improvements were made to the paddock at the Holding Base owner’s house. The idea being that he could live with a 6 year old gelding we had called Castoris. Dear Castoris had already been with us for almost a year but absolutely refused to live with the other donkeys so we thought giving him a youngster to share a home with might help him..
After a week of sulking and being pestered continuously by Kikas, Castoris accepted having this lively, mischievous young chap with him and they began to play together. Their favourite toy was a deflated football which they would play ‘tug-of-war’ with usually early in the morning and late afternoon. We then gave them an old croc sandal and a child’s rugby ball (which was soon deflated) and both donkeys chose their favourite one on a daily basis.
We then enlarged the paddock for them along the side of the Holding Base owner’s house, as by February, Kikas was as tall as Castoris and extremely energetic.
No doubt you’ll think this was a great idea just like we did? Well, both the boys have now decided that as they have room to gallop at full speed, it’s great to pick up one of their toys and go thundering past the house again and again at midnight every night! Time out gentlemen please!