80p out of every £1 goes directly on donkey welfare and care
Murphy was a stallion and his owners found that looking after him was far from straightforward. At just 3-years-old he was shut in with no company or stimulation and so for the last 18 months, Murphy’s world has been a 12 x 12’ internal stable in the corner of a big barn. His bed was hardly ever cleaned out and so he lived on an undulating mound of filth.
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.