The time has finally arrived and the Veterinary Department are in the middle of moving from our old hospital buildings to the brand new, purpose built hospital at Brookfield Farm. This follows a lot of hard work by many people and many departments to coordinate movement of all the equipment, drugs, people and paperwork accumulated over the years!
Someone’s been visiting pussy willow... This young lady is one of the thousands of honey bees that live in harmony alongside our donkeys here at The Donkey Sanctuary. On a beautifully sunny and warm day earlier this week, this honey bee worker was laden with pollen, not only being carried on her back legs, but caught up in her body hairs too!
Donkeys are primarily foragers, evolved from a long line of descendants who spent a long time searching and nibbling a variety of different foods. Here in Birmingham, our team has been coming up with different ways to mimic a donkey’s natural behaviour… and they have come up with the donkey forage box! A clever way of recycling an old toy box, the donkey forage box has a wide opening in the top covered by mesh so that herbs, plants and grasses can be grown through for the donkeys to nibble.
We have been busy in the woods this winter. We are lucky to have some fantastic woodlands on our farms – they range in size from just a few acres up to 90 acres, and some are County Wildlife Sites. They are good examples of semi-ancient woods which at one time may have had some traditional use (for example, wood fuel) but have since been left to their own devices.
As Welfare Advisers we spend much of our time on the road helping people improve the welfare of their donkeys, whether it be giving nutritional advice, providing behavioural support or helping owners make difficult decisions about their donkeys future, our role is based around doing our best for donkeys in a wide variety of circumstances. Sometimes we are called to help in emergency situations and need to be able to respond swiftly.
The University of East Anglia recently held a bake sale for The Donkey Sanctuary, raising an incredible £520.97!
The lovely staff from the University took part in making some delicious donkey themed biscuits and cakes for their bake sale. Here is what University Administrative Assistant, Christina said about the event…
“We are only a small office with about 30 staff but a few times a year we hold a charity bake sale. This time it was my team's turn to organise the event: Emma, Holly, Josh, Jane, Helen and I.
“Women and donkeys like to be beaten”, “Women and donkeys are doing as they have been told by men”, “Women and donkeys are the same” – these are some of the proverbs elicited at a workshop on gender myths conducted during research by The Donkey Sanctuary on the socio-economic value of donkeys in central Ethiopia. Each saying demonstrates the inexorable link between donkeys and the women who rely on them and how discussion of gender equality this International Women’s Day should also include donkeys.