A jet-black foal born on Tuesday 8th April 2010, after his mother was rescued by the Sanctuary from terrible conditions, has been named in fond and lasting memory of a long-serving member of staff who sadly died last November.
Chris Hewlett had worked in the charity’s Education and Activities department before sadly losing his battle to cancer at the age of 56. He had a friendly and caring nature and was well-liked by all staff.
Chris was a multi-talented, hard-working person, with diverse skills and considerable knowledge of the environment and local wildlife. A kind, sensitive and diligent work colleague with a warm sense of humour, he is sadly missed at the Sanctuary.
The new foal, which has been named in memory of Chris, was fortunate to be born within the safety of the Sanctuary. His mother, Cudos, was one of 18 donkeys rescued from the Yorkshire area last November, whose owner was prosecuted by the RSPCA for neglect.
When she was rescued, Cudos was in-foal and suffering with a serious infestation of lice and mites. Her hooves had also been neglected making it difficult for her to walk. Fortunately, the care and attention of Sanctuary staff have bought Cudos back to health and supported her through the birth of her new foal.
Cudos and Chris are being cared for at Brookfield Farm, one of the Sanctuary’s outlying farms near Honiton which is not open to the public.