Meet Muffin, a 29 year old donkey who lives on our 'oldies' yard at Paccombe Farm. Every day he waits for his daily medication cunningly wrapped in a raspberry jam sandwich!
On the afternoon I visited the farm, a group of donkeys came trotting over towards me braying rather loudly. What a welcome I thought as I made my way through them into the feed room. Then I discovered why the donkeys were eager to see anyone going in - there were piles of jam sandwiches being made.
Muffin enjoys his sandwich and knows the time of day when they are served along with the rest of the donkeys. At 7am and 3.30pm you will find a gaggle of donkeys gathering outside the feed room door saying "Come on, it's sandwich time, hurry up".
Have you ever been to the Sanctuary and seen the grooms feeding bite-size sandwiches to some of the donkeys and wondering why? Well, it's simple. Disguised inside are different medications for individual donkeys.
Just like humans, we don't always like the medication we have to take, so we find something that helps the medicine go down!
Muffin is a sweet and gentle donkey who adores his cuddles. When the grooms or quality time volunteers are grooming the donkeys on the yard, Muffin is always there waiting for his turn. Once he's been groomed, he quickly makes his way back round hoping that they didn't notice him first time.
When Ben Hart does his training courses and brings his students into the 'oldies' yard Muffin is always there to check if he could gain a free cuddle from the new visitors - he always gets his wish!