Noddy the mule, who arrived at our Ireland sanctuary with six other donkeys, is now thriving in a group of three at one of our Guardian homes. Find out more about her story here.

Noddy arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland with six other equines in 2007. We later relocated her to our Town Barton Farm in Devon, where she soon became a standout character.

Noted for her willingness to engage and learn, Noddy was a perfect candidate for our Rehoming Scheme, which places donkeys and mules into loving homes across the UK.

To prepare Noddy for her new home, she was taken out for walks to help familiarise her with the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

After attracting interest from several potential Guardians, Noddy found her perfect match in Nicky Short, who already looks after two donkeys called Evan and Sherman.

Since arriving at Nicky's Derbyshire home in 2015, Noddy, Evan and Sherman have formed an unbreakable bond.

Now, they spend their days enjoying a range of enrichment activities, like playing with branch cuttings, wellies and balls.

Their field is situated at the top of a valley looking out across the Peak District's rolling hills and countryside, providing Nicky and the three equines with stunning views.

Donkey Welfare Adviser Keira Benham says: "The trio are so closely bonded that when Evan needed a procedure on his lip, all three had to take a trip to the vets.

"Noddy was very well behaved and not her usual sparky self, so I think she must have been worried for her poorly donkey friend! Evan is doing really well now they are back home."

Nicky is also a volunteer for our Derbyshire centre in Buxton and regularly attends the farm helping to groom the resident donkeys.

She continues to give Noddy, Evan and Sherman the best life we could wish for and, hopefully, that will continue for many years to come.

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