We live with an animal hero. How do we know this? Well our humans and visitors keep mentioning it. We didn’t know who or what it was so we asked around and turns out it’s Shocks, our big Irish fella. He was rescued in 2010 and found his way to our barn in 2011.
The humans keep taking him away and we can hear the click and whir of their camera things. We watch with interest when this happens as the humans usually do funny things to make Shocks smile. He says he looks glum for as long as possible as he enjoys watching our humans jump up and down to make him prick his ears. We enjoy watching this too as you can see.
We asked Shocks what he had done. He’s a bit of a quiet one and doesn’t like to talk much but says he was very glad The Donkey Sanctuary rescued him when they did. You can read how our our Sanctuary rescued Shocks
He has been given time to find his hooves and after lots of gentle introductions he started giving therapy rides to children with additional needs in November last year.
The reason he’s so famous, well, he was nominated by our donkey HQ for an Animal Hero award in 2013 (this was kindly sponsored by the RSPCA and The Daily Mirror). And he won in the category of Rescue Animal of the year. The panel of judges awarded him the prize as they felt he has learnt to trust humans again and was able to give back by giving additional needs children joy as a therapy donkey.
It was an exciting day in our barn when we learned the news of his award. He didn’t tell us himself of course, he’s modest like that but all of a sudden everyone wanted to take his photograph. Now we’re all used to being stars for the camera and love to smile but it was Shocks the humans wanted and they took picture after picture and still do. He was mentioned in the papers and on social media, famous folk tweeted about him, he was quietly very proud. Check out the Animal Hero Awards inspirational stories
Anyway it all culminated in him being a front page cover star on The Donkey Sanctuary’s Spring Newsletter. Shocks is really famous not nearly famous. All we can say is it hasn’t gone to his head and he’s the same modest unassuming fella he’s always been. We love him for that.
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