Donkey And Her Owner Share Emotional Reunion As Spain Eases Lockdown
Ismael Fernandez, from Malaga, was able to visit his donkey Baldomera in El Borge for the first time amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with the easing of measures meaning he can now take care of his beloved animal.
A video of their reunion shows Baldomera making her way through a field to be with the 38-year-old journalist, who can be heard crying as he strokes her head. Baldomera then gets involved with the whimpering too, 'hee-hawing' loudly in a way which seems to say, 'Wow, I've missed you too, Ismael, during these most uncertain of times,'
Ismael was gifted Baldomera by his dad two years ago as a retirement present - as he had always dreamed of having a donkey - and he said he loves her conditionally.
Ismael said: "I was preparing myself the whole way to El Borge in case Baldomera did not recognise me!
"I am not ashamed that you hear me crying [in the video] because it was a demonstration of unconditional love.
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"Baldomera was kind of crying too when she saw me getting upset. It was the most touching moment I have ever experienced."
Fair dos, that was a nice reunion.
Baldomera has been cared for by Ismael's brother during lockdown, who stayed in a rural house in the vicinity, but Ismael is now permitted to travel there to look after the donkey.
Spain imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, but it is now being eased in phases, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez hoping the country will have arrived at a 'new normality' by the end of June.
However, the country has made it compulsory for anyone older than five to wear face masks indoors or outdoors where social distancing can't be observed.
The law - which comes into effect today (Thursday 21 May) - states: "Using masks will be compulsory on the street, in open spaces and any closed place of public use, when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of at least two metres (6.5ft)."
Spain has reported almost 28,000 deaths and 232,000 infections since March, though the rate of infection has declined.
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