A foster donkey on loan to a couple in Preston has foiled an attempted burglary with his huge bellowing bray, rendering his proud owner even more grateful to have him.
Jaffa who lives in Preston with companion Jacko and with loving Foster Owner Mary, woke the neighbourhood in the early hours last week with an “enormous” bellow, “the loudest ever”, sending the intruders packing and raising the alarm.
Foster mum Mary took on Jaffa earlier this year from The Donkey Sanctuary’s foster scheme after another of her donkeys passed away.
She says: “I woke up to a terrible noise. It dawned on me it was the big new donkey. Well he always has a loud bray but this was an incredible noise. So loud I knew something was wrong. So I shot out to have a look and saw a person running off.”
The police were informed and the neighbourhood remains vigilant. But Mary is convinced the trespassers won’t be back after Jaffa’s dawn chorus: “I think they’d be terrified”, she says. “I’m convinced it was intruders and I’m convinced they met their match with Jaffa!”
The lovable pet, who was shaken after the incident on Wednesday, has now earned himself extra cuddles and extra treats for his bravery.
The local police joked about borrowing him for crime prevention but Mary says he’s not going anywhere. The donkey-lover who has kept the equines as pets for 17 years says Jaffa’s heroism is further evidence of why donkeys are “the best pets ever” and why “having donkeys is the best thing I’ve ever done”.
Foster owners are at the heart of The Donkey Sanctuary’s plans to re-home 3000 donkeys in private homes, schools and institutions by 2018, in order to make space for more donkeys in urgent need of the Sanctuary's specialist care. If you would like to give a pair of rescued or unwanted donkeys a loving home please visit the charity’s fostering pages at: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/foster-a-donkey.
Not all donkeys are as good at deterring burglars as Jaffa but they are all unique and life-enhancing in their own way.