We’d like to tell you some of our life stories. There are 21 assisted therapy donkeys living here at Birmingham and we all have a tale to tell.
We’ll start with one of our newer recruits.
Big Ted arrived in our Centre in the summer of 2013. He is a grey donkey and was born in 2005. He was relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary by his owner as he was not suitable for work as a beach donkey.
Teddy quickly acquired a variety of names, Ted, Teddy, Big Ted and Teddy Edwards. The name that has stuck is Teddy Edwards Bear because he is a big bear of a donkey and we like short names! He is one of our biggest and strongest donkeys.
As he was used to being handled and ridden on the beach, he very quickly became a useful member of our team. He is quiet and easy to handle and the volunteers love him already. As yet he is not keen on the trotting business but give him time.
Teddy is very photogenic and loves the camera. He has made friends with little Cisco, one of our adoption donkeys and they are often seen together. They make quite a comical pair with the difference in their sizes.
Teddy is appearing in lots of our pictures and has already gained many admirers. Someone pointed out he has a heart shape on the end of his nose. He is our current pin-up donkey!