37-year old Madonna has a little angel and his name is September. You see, all mother's love their kids and Madonna is no exception. Both mother and son are inseparable and live together with our other resident donkeys here at Town Barton Farm. There's also something else very special about September... he was born at the Sanctuary... you guessed it, in the month that he is named!
Madonna came into our care 23 years ago already in foal and gave birth to her son four months later. Although the Sanctuary has a no breeding policy, any donkey that comes into our care that is already pregnant, their foal is also given sanctuary for life.
Last week September dutifully stood beside his mum while we tackled the problem of lice troubling her. This involved a trip to our specially adapted shower room where she was washed - almost like a shampoo and rinse - before stepping into the blow drying room.
Not only does September love his mum, but we do too.
Now if this isn't love, then what is? Sophie hand-made Madonna a tartan neck scarf/snood to wear in the blow drying room while she was served a hot bran mash with soaked ginger nut... sounds like a donkey cookery book coming on and possibly a donkey fashion line too!
For all the kids out there, don't forget to be awesome to your mums on Mother's Day and give them an extra cuddle!