Last week, we pondered the mystery of why the equines drank the small pail dry
before lowering themselves to drink out of the large tub.
Some of you hypothesized that the small pail, being higher and easier to reach, was the determinant.
I had my doubts, theorizing that an equine spends most of its life with its head bent
to the ground to graze and should naturally prefer the lowest container, all other things being equal.
Nonetheless, in the name of science, I lowered the small pail.
It didn't make a damned bit of difference. High or low, they emptied the small pail
before touching the water in the large tub. Hmm.
So then I decided to test another variable:
what if I reversed the order of the containers?
No sooner had I scrubbed and refilled them,
George and Alan began to drink from the large tub,
proving conclusively: donkeys drink from left to right.
You're reading it on the internet. It must be true.
George: It tastes better on this side.
George: Besides, it's easier to spit at the chickens from here.