Most people don't realize it, but donkeys are highly intelligent. Our little BLM rescue burro is a perfect example of that.
She might not look especially bright at first glance...
...but she is. That docile donkey demeanor is all an act.
For one thing, Tilly loves to read, and reads almost every day during her "morning siesta".
Her favorite books are about farm animals, of course... especially books that help dispel the "placid herbivore" stereotype and show farm animals for the partiers they really are!
So anyway... the other day Tilly decided to save me a trip to the mailbox and went up and got the mail herself.
She was happy and excited to find a package there for her and Tucker.
Look at the excitement in those ears, she almost NEVER gets any mail! (I think she might have forgotten to fill out a change of address card when she moved from Al's place to ours...)
She had to open the package right away, of course...not even waiting for Tucker.
With her love of reading, she was especially pleased to find a book written by her favorite author... my brother!
The book isn't about donkeys, but it looked good to her anyway...
In fact, it looked like such a good book that she was going to start reading it right there on the road, but I convinced her to pack everything up again and bring it back down to the pasture to read.
She can't wait to start reading "Mairead agus an Foghlai Mara", and has already started looking around for a donkey who knows Gaelic and can teach her to read it...
I hate to disappoint her, but I'm pretty sure there are no Irish donkeys in our neighborhood.
Hey Steve, please tell Harry that Tilly says thanks tremendously for the package! And ask him if, when he has a minute, he could send a translation for her...
She's going to wear herself out staying up all night trying to learn Gaelic!