Donkey update: We have overall been very pleased with Margot the livestock guardian donkey. As stated, we adopted her from a wild donkey herd on federal lands. She spent 60 days with a donkey “gentler” prior to our adoption to take the edge off her wildness. She follows us around like a puppy dog and has already assumed the role of farm protector. I feel very confident if a predator tried to invade Margot would have no fear fighting off the marauder. How do I know this? Let’s just say we’ve seen her in action. Margot isn’t exactly cordial towards the pigs yet... Domesticated pigs, by nature, are incorrigibly accepting and social with other animals. They each took turns going up to Margot to compliment her on her long legs and well trimmed hooves. Once they entered her comfort zone, however, Margot went on the offensive. If the approximating pig was in front, she lowered her head and barreled toward them. If to the side or behind, she unleashed a brutal kick. I saw 2 pigs get kicked in what certainly was a painful blow. You could hear the squeals in China. One pig lost feeling in his tongue for almost a day. The other pig I was impressed stayed on his feet. Neither was expecting to get kicked in the face. Luckily, no pigs have been seriously injured and they now sprint by donkey when their paths cross. Today was better. They are starting to figure each other out.