While this post has nothing to do with Bare Essentials Natural Market, it is all about community! We hope you enjoy reading about our new addition in the Aho neighborhood…
The mother donkey Jenny (known as a Jennet), has been our neighbor on Blackberry Road for several years. After two pregnancies that did not produce a healthy foal, we (meaning all of the neighbors along the road) have been anxiously awaiting this birth for weeks. The pregnancy can last anywhere from 10 to 14 months, usually right around one year. Ben and I had stopped by Jenny’s gate at 10 p.m. on July 9th to check on her and she was her usual calm self. When Ben drove out before 8 a.m. the morning of the 10th, he saw Coy Miller of the Aho Community, the farmer who owns her, admiring Jenny and her white newborn female foal. We believe Willow (named by Mary) was born around 4 a.m. during that stormy night. Coy owns three donkeys in neighboring fields, Charlie, Jack and Jenny, who are there to protect his cattle from coyotes.
I was at the gate within minutes after Ben’s call, camera in hand, and observed Jenny and Willow for the next couple of hours. When I arrived, Jenny guided Willow towards me from the field right up to the gate so I could see her closely. She was, and is, so precious! As our neighbors drove by that morning, and then stopped to get out of their cars, it was a treat to see their faces when they saw Willow for the first time. I was amazed at the size of Willow, with her large head and big ears and those long slender wobbly legs, who hours before had been inside Jenny. And Jenny did not look a bit different! She didn’t even seem tired.
Mother and foal were quite the attraction during the first few days. Often there was a traffic jam along the road as people, young and old, stopped to visit and take pictures. We met neighbors that we had never talked to before. Jenny and Willow have raised the joy quotient in our neighborhood tenfold. It is impossible to watch them and not have a smile on your face.
Ben was lucky enough to catch Jenny and Willow really enjoying themselves on video four days later. They know what to do on a beautiful Summer day! Check it out: