This beautiful foal is Sooty. His mum, Cameron, was already in foal when she was rescued from appalling conditions almost a year ago. Donkeys rarely need a helping hand during labour but we always like to keep a watchful eye over mums-to-be. When Cameron started showing signs of giving birth, our farm manager Andy Cockburn started two-hourly checks day and night. After two weeks and many sleepless nights, Andy arrived at 6am one morning to find poor Cameron in real trouble.
He said: "As I arrived Cameron had her head over the stable door. It was only when she turned around that I noticed a head and one foot (rather than two) sticking out behind her - meaning that her foal was stuck. With that, Cameron immediately lay down and I had to help her. I pushed the foal back slightly and brought the other leg forward. With Cameron pushing and me gently pulling, I thought our troubles were over. That was until we got to the hips and we were stuck again. With one final big push from Cameron and a strong pull from me, Sooty finally arrived in this world safe and sound. Thankfully both donkeys were given the all-clear by the Sanctuary vets".
Andy went on to say: "Sooty was an unusually big boy at birth and his mother had difficulty delivering him. Without intervention the outcome could have been hugely different. Cameron is a great mum and Sooty is full of character. He absolutely loves people and is always up for a bit of fuss."