Oh yeah, that passage made me wonder if there was once truth in all those fables and cartoons with talking animals. When I was 12 I wondered why animals didn’t talk anymore when the Donkey had talked, and I asked my grandmother if other animals used to talk. She said no. I thought about the talking snake in Eden and I referred her to the talking donkey passage – she looked it up and said God made it happen. I accepted the answer that the donkey was a weird exception.
After that she said I was asking a lot of difficult questions and wanted me to talk to a priest to get it sorted out, but perhaps she needed to talk to one. I trusted her enough that I wasn’t thinking hard about her answers, but I think maybe trying to answer questions raised by a child had given her doubts.