Lucas and Jim live with long-term Guardian Lesley Harding in glorious Gloucestershire. When Lucas lost his friend, our vet Anna Harrison thought it would be an ideal opportunity to enrich both the donkeys' lives through introducing a new friendship; Jim was at The Donkey Sanctuary but not settled in a large group and Lucas was all alone. Anna was thrilled with the idea of a happy outcome for Jim, and Lesley delighted that a new companion had been found for Lucas.
It was not instant love but they accepted one another and grew closer as time went on. Lucas wasn't sure whether to share his stable and Jim wasn't sure if he was welcome but, as with all new relationships, give and take paid off.
Together with Lesley's knowledge and care everyone settled down to a happy ever after, and now their games with balls and buckets and periodic "funny half hours" round the field are a joy to see. Lucas is 32 and Jim 23 but a lot of younger donkeys could take a leaf out of their book and take a good look at what "joie de vivre" translates into in Donkey Talk!