Bob and Lob were both born in 2000 and were rescued together after being found abandoned in 2007. To begin with, they didn’t know humans at all and were very scared but over time and with patience, they have have learnt to trust.
In 2008, Bob and Lob came to live at our Birmingham centre and they have such a strong bond. Collectively Bob and Lob are known as Blobby!
Donkeys can form very strong attachments to each other and get distressed when parted. They have been thought to recognise each other after being parted for several years. Bob and Lob have been given sanctuary for life and have been permanently paired by The Donkey Sanctuary. They will never be parted.
Bob and Lob took time to settle to the work expected of them here but have become firm favourites of the children and do a wonderful job. They always work in the arena together. Bob is braver than Lob and usually goes first.
Bob is the biggest of the pair and although they are the same colour they are quite different in conformation. They look similar if you don’t know them and the volunteers tell them apart by thinking big Bob, little Lob.
We think Bob is the handsome one of the pair. Lob has a tremendously floppy bottom lip and a great sense of humour. They look at the same things at the same time, share the same blade of grass in the field and even roll together. Their thoughts seem synchronised. They are well integrated into the herd and will play with the others when the mood takes them but prefer the company of each other to anyone else.
Bob and Lob are the only two donkeys in our barn that will willingly share their feed buckets but only with each other. They don’t mind at all. Given the opportunity they manage to get both noses into one bucket. They are probably our most photographed pair as they are always found together and visitors find their closeness very endearing.
Despite their wild start they have developed into friendly loving donkeys that enjoy fuss and attention and rush to greet you when you enter the field with a head collar. They are quite disappointed when it’s not their turn to help children with additional needs and they don’t get to come in.