Chey is the sweetest girl. She does so much for the mustangs and burros, it makes me tear with joy. If this young girl can stand up for what is right, what keeps good people from standing up for what is right? Why do they turn their heads away when they know they are witnessing something horribly wrong? It makes me shake my ears in disbelief. So, seeing this young girl take such a brave stance is a testament to her character.
Penelope my cousin, is Chey's best friend. They are beautiful together, because they clearly have developed a relationship. For donkeys it is the key to everything. If you are a good person, we enjoy being with you! Although, errrr hmmm... you might need to discuss with us why you want us to do something foolish that will get us hurt. When you have mutual trust like Chey, Penelope, Marjorie and I, we know that if we are asked it is because they believe that what they are asking us to do is safe. Sometimes they are wrong, and we must warn them of the risk because I don't want the humans I know to ever get hurt. I know Penelope feels the same and will protect Chey the best she can. Besides, every one knows, donkeys can do.
We are going to stop the killing in Big Bend Ranch State Park, by raising awareness that it is going on. We are going to make it difficult to be a good person and turn your head away. My cousins have been a part of the ecosystem of that beautiful yet harsh place for many centuries. Not only have they thrived in the climate, but they have become such a part of the fabric of this ecosystem that their removal will cause unintended damage. They are and have been a part of the balance. Because we donkeys do not have four stomachs, Penelope tells me she sees birds pecking at her piles. We don't hang out at watering holes because it is not safe and we prefer to keep moving. Penelope also says when water is too far away, and our wild cousins are really thirsty, they smell the ground. Because this terrain is full of natural underground and above ground springs, they can dig a small hole and it fills with water. Everybody benefits... everyone, from rabbits to sheep.
So stay posted for what me and Penelope come up with. We are not giving up on our cousins.