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.
Earlier this year I wrote ‘A Story of Collaboration’, giving Donkey Sanctuary supporters an insight into two of my amazing Guardian Homes and the special kind of enrichment they do to keep their mules and donkeys happy, healthy and stimulated. After my recent visit I got an email from Lesley with a very proud update about one of her amazing mules, Milo.
Emily Silburn is a recent graduate of sociology and Hannah Badham is a vet student, both are from the University of Liverpool and are recipients of The Donkey Sanctuary’s overseas travel grant. They are travelling to Mexico to work with The Donkey Sanctuary Mexico-UNAM. During this time, they will be learning about the work that The Donkey Sanctuary does in rural communities including veterinary outreach and community education programmes.
Each year in October, about a week before the full moon lights up the night sky, the town of Dewa Sharif in eastern Uttar Pradesh comes alive with the sights and sounds of one of north India’s largest equine fairs.
The Barabanki Fair, or the Dewa Mela as it’s also known, has been taking place annually for over a century to commemorate the Sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah. Hundreds of traders and thousands of donkeys, mules and horses descend upon the fair grounds for a week of hectic trading, and an entire local economy springs up around them.
It was really difficult getting these senior managers to stay in one position long enough to take a photo, they were too interested in talking to each other and the donkeys! They headed to our headquarters in Devon recently for training and to exchange ideas about improving donkey welfare across the world.