Two beautiful new donkeys were delivered on a damp and dismal afternoon. Everyone was so thrilled. George was so delighted he let out an ear-splitting bellow of welcome! (which I can testify for because I was standing right next to him!)
Cameron and Crawford arrived just in time.
George was becoming increasingly depressed on his own. Weeks before, he had lost his friend Zippy to an aggressive sarcoid. Donkeys do need time to grieve but as a young donkey George was clearly ready for a new playmate. Just the night before Cameron and Crawford’s arrival he had broken through the fence to join his foster owners’ horse for dinner: uninvited!
A small number of villagers gathered to watch Cameron and Crawford’s arrival. This amazing village has been so supportive during Zippy’s illness- helping fundraise to help pay for his treatment. Now they have erected a plaque and planted a tree in his memory.
So it is time to move on though Zippy will never be forgotten. There are new challenges for the foster owners with their two new boys. And George will continue his education with a view to being driven one day. There have been a few sulks but I’m sure the three will soon be best of friends.
Lucky donkeys to have such a lovely home in a village which has taken the arrival of donkeys to their hearts.
Somehow I feel there will be plenty more stories to come featuring George, Cameron and Crawford: already dubbed The Three Musketeers…