A donkey from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be leading the Palm Sunday service procession for Exeter Cathedral this weekend from 9.30am.
The procession will start at the city’s historic Guildhall and walk up to the main Sunday service at the Cathedral.
The donkey is one of thousands currently cared for by The Donkey Sanctuary charity, which runs seven farms in Devon and Dorset.
Janice Aherne, Education and Activities manager, says: “The donkeys we select to help with local Palm Sunday services have been chosen for their suitable temperament and love of human contact. Additional training is given to them to ensure they are confident and at ease with the task required of them.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our donkeys to contribute to local communities and they really do help to make a tactile link to the biblical Easter story. We feel privileged to help.”
The Donkey Sanctuary is involved with 12 other Palm Sunday church services throughout the region including Colyton church, St John’s in Tipton St John, Kilmington church, Lympstone church, St Michael’s in West Hill, St Mary’s in Maiden Newton, Farway Methodist church and Northleigh Church, St Peter’s church and Temple Methodist church in Budleigh Salterton.