This little sweetheart was born only a few weeks ago. He (I think we're talking "he" here, but the verdict may change) has the first really chocolaty muzzle I've seen in the home herd since our Ambrose, who is a cousin to this fella. I managed this shot when the new arrival was about a week old, and when I saw him again this past weekend was sorry to see that his Velcro-like fuzz was almost completely covered in large burrs (he already had two on the side of his muzzle in the photo above). Burrs pull on the hair, so matted hair and burrs couldn't have been comfortable for him, but I strongly doubt that his mother would let me get close enough to try to groom him.
The best way to avoid a mess of entangled burrs, we've discovered, is to keep the weeds reasonably mowed if possible and groom the donkeys daily - before burrs have a chance to really get matted in. We've been grooming Ambrose and Molly to the point where they are starting to look like little donkey fashion plates - except when they begin to look too cute, they decide to "keep it real" by going for a roll in the dust.
The rest of the herd up the road is doing well, and the babies born earlier this year are starting to look almost grown up. I'll update photos soon.