Arthur is a five-year-old donkey who came to the Sanctuary in June 2015 with four friends after their owners ill health meant they could no longer look after them. He came to us nervous, unhandled and un-castrated.
Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we have a 'no breeding' policy, and every stallion that comes into us needs to be castrated before he can go and join the other donkeys on a farm - the only exceptions being donkeys that are not fit for surgery.
Castration often calms animals down and helps to prevent the stress associated with joining a new group of donkeys; it was because of this Arthur lost part of his ear in an altercation with a fellow donkey. When ready, Arthur was booked into the hospital to be castrated.
Castration often calms animals down and helps to prevent stress
There is a high amount of pressure put on the hospital by the persistently high number of entire groups of donkeys being relinquished to the Sanctuary, each requiring surgery to maintain high levels of care and welfare standards and allow them to adjust happily to living in groups.
After his operation, Arthur returned to New Arrivals to recover and finish his assessment period. From there he moved to the very nearby Trow Farm. Arthur has happily settled in to his new life and is having regular behaviour training from his grooms.
He is still happily living with the three male donkeys he came to us with, Henry, Harry and George.