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Jasper

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Resident of the Month:

Jasper is one of our fosters who is every bit a senior at 21 years old! Jasper is quite a character and a favorite of our visitors. He resides in the front pasture with fellow old man, Freddy, and is responsible for guarding the blind steers and Jack the goat. You might question that at 21 years old, how well Jasper can guard against a predator attack - but to see him protecting his food answers that question.  This old guy can still be fierce! Because of his advanced age, we have to feed him grain twice a day to keep up his weight. Unlike Freddy, who we feed in a separate pen because he’s a miniature donkey, Jasper gets fed his grain in the pasture. Jasper makes it crystal clear to his pasture mates not to attempt to get close when he is eating. Even big cows Maggie and Penny fear getting too close to Jasper when his head is buried in that bucket! He lets out a huge deep groan that sounds similar to a bull about to charge. That usually sends animals scurrying away. The cows usually avoid Jasper when he’s eating but sometimes Jack will push his luck and attempt to get some grain. Jasper will pick up his back leg like he’s going to kick but doesn’t extend his leg to complete the kicking motion. Jack gets the hint and moves along.  Jasper is also a very impatient donkey and will start his braying the moment we walk out the back door! He will follow us to the barn and if we don’t hurry out of the barn with his grain bucket, he will again start braying. Even when he sees you walking towards him with his grain bucket, he will bray one more time to try to hurry you up! And his brays are LOUD! But as I mentioned earlier, visitors love him because he is a big softy! He will come up to everyone in hopes of getting a good head scratch or neck rub. It is easy to have a soft spot for our seniors and Jasper is no exception. Because of this great personality, that Jasper is our resident of the month.

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