Did you know this Friday celebrates the start of the Chinese New Year and is known as the Year of the Horse, one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
The animal signs in the calendar are:
and each animal is associated with an earthly branch such as fire, water, metal or wood.
It is said that those born within the Year of the Horse are recognised as energetic, bright and intelligent.
What's the connection with The Donkey Sanctuary we hear you say! Let us explain...
- A mule's mother is a horse and father is a donkey.
- A hinny's mother is a donkey and father is a horse.
Here at Town Barton Farm, we are currently home to 146 resident mules and hinnies - the largest collective group in the country.
Both mules and hinnies are intelligent and courageous creatures and their intelligence can sometimes be misjudged as stubbornness.
We have many mules who have been fostered by homes which use their intelligence and strength in a positive way.
For example, Billy and Milo's foster owners keep in touch with us and it's great to hear that both mules are living life to the full by winning many awards.
Two other mules, Molly and Dora, help their foster owners by transporting goods around the farm in their pannier saddle bags.
Once you see mules for what they truly are... loyal, courageous and intelligent, you can’t help but love and respect them.
新年快樂 (happy new year)