Many of you will remember the story of the ‘Yorkshire Puddings’ four donkeys, Rhubarb, Custard, Apple and Pie who came into our care after being rescued by our Welfare team and the RSPCA. Following their rescue it was discovered that Rhubarb was in foal. Rhubarb certainly picked her moment to become a mother, giving birth to a beautiful foal right in the middle of storm Barney! The foal was named Beattie, meaning Bringer of Joy and right from the start Beattie captivated our hearts with her playful and curious nature. Videos of her jumping in the puddles and racing around her paddock kept our supporters entertained and many of you enjoyed reading about her progress during the winter months. It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we welcomed Beattie into the world but today is her first birthday!
A lot has changed since then; in the spring Beattie made the journey to Devon alongside mum Rhubarb and the rest of the Yorkshire puddings. Once she was old enough to be weaned, Beattie joined a group of other young donkeys of a similar age and soon became good friends with a donkey called Lucky Glass. They now spend their time on one of our farms where they are cared for by our dedicated grooms, vets, farriers and dentists. There is a lot for a young donkey to learn, how to stand still for examinations and treatments, how best to coach the grooms to give scratches and how to make sure you are first in line at feeding time. I am sure you will agree Beattie has blossomed into a delightful young donkey – although she still has some room to grow into those ears. Beattie has always been a brave, friendly and loving donkey and by the proud look on one of our Farm Manager, Andy’s face it seems she is certainly living up to her name, Beattie – bringer of joy.
It is only thanks to the generosity of our supporters we were able to rescue Rhubarb and her friends, allowing Beattie to be born into a secure future of The Donkey Sanctuary for the rest of her life. We have an ongoing commitment to improve the welfare of donkeys throughout Great Britain which would not be possible without your support.
So from Beattie and all of us in the Welfare team, thank you! Please join us in wishing Beattie a very happy first birthday.
Now… where is the birthday cake?