Jodie Barnier of North Lismore with one of her donkey foals, Misty.
Jodie Barnier of North Lismore with one of her donkey foals, Misty. Jacklyn Wagner

Donkeys bring 'mule-tide' cheer

TWO baby donkeys have brought some ‘mule’ tide cheer to North Lismore.

Misty was born on December 13, while a yet-to-be-named male was born on Christmas Eve.

The foals’ owner, Jodie Barnier, said Misty was an unexpected early Christmas present.

“Misty’s mum Delilah is only three years old, so we didn’t think she was old enough to have babies,” Mrs Barnier said.

“Then the boy came along on Christmas Eve but we didn’t find him until Boxing Day, so he was like a real Christmas present.”

Mrs Barnier, who owns five donkeys, said the animals liked some privacy to give birth.

“They tend to go off and do it in the middle of the night, so we weren’t there when it happened,” she said.

Mrs Barnier said the male foal’s mother, Blossom, was taking extra care of her new baby.

“He’s a bit shy because the mother’s being really protective of him for some reason,” she said.

“Misty is different. She’s very friendly and lovely and runs around the place like she’s already a two-year-old.”

She said the donkeys had proven to be quite popular among the community, with many students from Richmond River High School regularly stopping for a pat.

“Ever since Shrek came out everyone wants to stop and see the donkeys,” Mrs Barnier said.

“They all want to touch a donkey’s ear to see what it feels like.

“Everyone from town stops to feed them.”

Mrs Barnier said she had no plans for the animals other than to let them keep ‘mowing down’ her paddock.

In the meantime she is trying to come up with a name for her Christmas Eve foal.

“Maybe something from the Bible like Joseph or Jesus because of Christmas,” she said.

“Or maybe something Mexican like Pancho or Tequila.”



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