Hay, there are 21 therapy donkeys living here at Birmingham and we all have a tale to tell. Christopher is our latest recruit. He was born in 2005 and is a very dark brown donkey. He was relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary in 2013 and came in as part of a group of donkeys that arrived in our centre in November 2013... just in time for Christmas, aptly named.
Christopher is our wild child and one of our bigger donkeys. His colouring is quite unusual, as he has a red/orange tint to him. He is now shedding his winter coat and his tawny coloured high lights are becoming more noticeable. When his coat is fully grown he will be a lovely colour although from a distance he looks almost black. He also seems to have very long ears, even for a donkey.
We think he was kept in a herd of donkeys and had very little human contact. He’s an older donkey and this lack of human contact was a way of life for him. He certainly wasn’t too keen on being caught and fussed initially.
However, his natural curiosity soon got the better of him and he started following our humans around the yard as they went about their work. He was intrigued although he didn’t want to be caught. Over time he has became more confident and friendly. He is now one of the first donkeys to come up and has been captured in lots of visitors’ pics saying Hay. When the donkeys are bought in to work he’s the first to come up and see what’s happening. He is starting to enjoy the company of humans.
He now has a routine where he is handled daily. His rug is taken off and he is groomed. He has started to relax and enjoy the attention but he took time to realise this was something he could enjoy. He also has his feet picked out. Picking his feet up initially was the cause for great concern for him. He didn’t realise he could stand on three legs but perseverance is paying off and he is starting to understand and is learning how to balance on less than four legs.
He’s a shy fella but his confidence is growing, he just needs a bit of TLC. It will be a while before we see him in the arena. As his photos show he has settled and is happy in the herd but as a shy one, he can take all the time he needs to get used to us and our requirements.