The Donkeys of Good and Evil

Remember the donkeys from the blog post of 6 August 2014?  They have made themselves at home on the drumlin.  This innocent-looking brown donkey is a bit of a devil.

brown donkey

He can be as sweet as anything, taking carrots gently from my aunt’s hand.

donkey carrot

But he can bite and butt and kick the grey donkey if he thinks he is missing out on some food or attention.  The grey donkey, on the other hand, has all the hallmarks of a saint.  He is older and wiser, and bears the mark of the cross.  You can see one part of the cross on his shoulder in this photo.

grey donkey with cross

This photo from a few weeks ago (before my cousins did a fantastic job of grooming him) shows the rest of the cross on his back.  The Christian legend is that God gave the mark to all donkeys to recognise the part that the donkey played in the life of Jesus Christ, carrying Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday prior to his crucifixion.

donkey with cross at trough

It’s much harder to see a cross on the back of the brown donkey.  Maybe that’s just because of his darker hair….or maybe it’s his devilish character!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. mihrank says:

    LOL- What a funny post!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      These donkeys are making everyone smile.


  2. Kim in Fiji says:

    This is the first I ever heard about crosses on donkey’s backs! Lovely!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      It’s a lovely story. I don’t know what the scientific explanation is for the crosses.


  3. linnetmoss says:

    I love the sanctified ass! He looks very sweet.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      He is sweet. He was very shaggy when he arrived, but he looks much better now.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yep, same pose exactly. In fact, who knew that your Spanish donkey would set off on some kind of pilgrimage to Northern Ireland?


  4. Lyle Krahn says:

    It can be amusing discovering animal personalities.


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