Last week we received a call late Thursday afternoon from the Sanctuary's welfare team requesting assistance with the delivery of a donkey to a new foster home. We were happy to help Mark (one of the Sanctuary drivers) so Cathryn and Sarah set off to rendezvous with Mark travelling up from Devon.
The meeting place was Sherwood Forest visitor centre where a little donkey called Holly was waiting to be unloaded from Mark's large Sanctuary lorry into our smaller donkey box to be taken to her new foster home near Selby in Yorkshire.
The drive to Holly’s new home was stunning, although early evening the sun was still bright and the countryside journey was truly beautiful. Holly travelled like a dream and when we kept talking to her and checking she was OK, she replied by braying to us! Very cute.
We eventually arrived at her new foster home. As we opened the door of the donkey box, Bluebell (a donkey already at the home) started calling Holly who of course replied back!
We led Holly carefully to the field and turned her out with Bluebell. After an initial greeting of each other, both donkeys trotted off and did a full lap of the field before settling down to graze. Holly’s new foster mum, Vicky, was absolutely delighted to see the girls bond so well.
It's been a week now and Vicky has updated us with the donkeys' new found friendship and says that not only is Bluebell happy to have a friend, all the walkers, children and runners that pass by their farm have made lots of lovely comments and the donkeys are getting quite a nice collection of carrots!