A couple of weeks ago I was working at Hurfords, which is part of Trow Farm, where I met a new friend by the name of Jubilee. Jubilee is an 11 year old gelding who has lived at the sanctuary since 2008.
Hurfords is home to a lot of young donkeys (many of whom have been brought over from Ireland) where there are a lot of playful, cheeky characters living there.
Harvey Barn at Hurfords houses 87 of these cheeky donkeys, yet every time I went in to do any work, such as mucking out, or feeding, it was always the same cheeky little face that was following me around – Jubilee.
I spent several hours up at Harvey Barn one afternoon carrying out dung sampling – where we collect samples from the donkeys to be analysed in our labs to see if they need worming. The whole time I was in there, Jubilee kept coming over to say hello and then progressed to putting his head on my shoulder to have a cuddle and an ear scratch.
The next afternoon I went back to Harvey Barn with Katherine to start some grooming, and lo and behold, out of the 87 donkeys living there, Jubilee was the first in the queue for a groom. After a good groom, and a lot of ear scratches and cuddles, I went to catch another donkey to groom, but little Jubilee didn’t leave my side all afternoon. He helped me groom all of the other donkeys by continually emptying the grooming kit all over the floor, and untying the other donkeys' lead-ropes. And when he tired of that game he would come over and rest his head on my shoulder, or my back, or my head for a little rest. Having Jubilee's head resting on my back whilst I picked out the other donkeys' feet, did make the task slightly harder though.
Jubilee has recently been put forward for the foster scheme, so fingers crossed hopefully he will find a new home where he can be the centre of attention all the time.