Teenager Rupert, our much loved woolly donkey, was `bothering’ Talulah his mother mercilessly. So not wanting more donkeys than the three we have, we decided to have him castrated. The procedure performed, by Dr Zollner of Malmesbury and assisted by our overseas volunteers Sally and Jonte and Ronel and Michael who were pruning our oaks that day went easily. But it was what happened afterwards that surprised and touched us all. As soon as Rupert lifted his sad and sorry head, Tallulah and Bella went towards him, standing close by him as he wove about drunkenly. They sniffed his nether regions, then each touched noses with him individually before having a long three way nose touch. Mom Talulah then let him have a comforting suckle when for six months she has disallowed this. They stuck closely by him until he was properly on his feet and feeding alongside them.