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Imagine walking the length of 225 football pitches every day for six months in hot, dusty conditions, carrying on your back a load equal to your own body weight over half that distance. That’s what the donkeys and mules working in Rajakhera, India, must do in the brickmaking season between December and June each year, as they carry bricks from fields where they are being sun-dried to the furnaces where they will be baked.
The next morning I met with Fabry who informed me that everybody was agreed that the pair should come in to the Sanctuary if the owner would contribute towards the cost of milk for Viola.
We could do nothing that day as were off to visit a donkey milk farm with a vet from Milan. This was fortuitous in one way as meant we could obtain a supply of milk for Viola. However, both Fabry and I were anxious about the foal throughout the day but it was agreed that we would pick her up the next day after delivering two donkeys to a Guardian home the other side of Genoa.
In early September I had the pleasure of accompanying five very special donkeys on their journey from Manchester to Sidmouth.
The donkeys in question – Cocoa, Hannah, Toby, Tufty and Dylan – had spent around 12 years each at our Manchester Sanctuary, and it was time for them to put their hooves up with a well-earned retirement in Devon.
Yet again, my donkey, Seonaid took up the role of Ambassador for The Donkey Sanctuary. Never one to turn down a challenge, when The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham contacted us we jumped straight into action.
Marjory’s family approached The Donkey Sanctuary to find out if there was the possibility of a donkey attending her 100th birthday party in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire. And, indeed, the answer was yes.