Those of you familiar with New Barn here at The Sanctuary will notice a friendly face missing from our group of donkey residents. Sadly 23 year old Andalusian donkey, Nelly, had to be put to sleep on Wednesday to relieve her from the suffering she was experiencing in her old age. Nelly came into our care in January 1997 and soon became a firm favorite among staff and visitors. She spent 12 happy years living here in New Barn with her donkey friends. Nelly became best friends with Teddy in 2009 and they were seldom seen apart.
Although like most donkeys she rarely showed it, Nelly had been suffering with health problems for some time. Over the years she has endured more than her fair share of foot problems. When a recent check up showed that her feet were getting progressively worse it became clear that there was nothing more that our fantastic team of vets could do to help her.
Our grooms are there for Teddy giving him lots of love and attention as he mourns the loss of the love of his life - Nelly.
We will all miss her greatly.