It has been a very busy last few days here on Critter Farm! On Saturday, we drove out to bring BLM Burro #5918 home:
She is definitely not as wild as I had anticipated. This little girl haltered up and trailer loaded with very little complaint - and required only a bit of feed-bag waving by my friend Heather for momentum:
Her paperwork tells us she was born in a BLM corral in California, where she had some - but limited - contact with people. She seems to handle new situations with cautious curiosity:
Can you imagine walking by this crowd? Yet she handled it with the utmost grace:
Stopping briefly to introduce herself:
...before continuing on to her
It seemed fitting to remove her BLM number tag the moment she was safely home:
Her eye contact is intense, to say the least. She seems to always have something she wants to tell me:
On Sunday, she received her new name - purely by chance. What began as a panicky phone call to my friend, Carson at The 7MSN Ranch, to discuss herd dynamics and aggression, ended as a discussion on the difficulty I was having choosing a name for my visiting burro.
Carson, in her most matter of fact voice said to me, "Do you know what name I thought of for her when I saw that very first picture of her?"
"Tell me," I pleaded.
"Buttercup, Princess Buttercup, from the Princess Bride," Carson responded.
The moment she said it, I knew it was absolutely the right name.
And not only does the name fit her to a "t", when I played Buttercup the theme song from the movie, she was enthralled: