We took this lovely 'family' photo of Paddy, Linda and Ben to wish fathers around the world happy Father's Day on Sunday 19th June.
Ten year old Paddy came into the Sanctuary's care in September 2010, along with Linda who was already pregnant. Both spent some months at our Derbyshire Centre before moving down to Devon and becoming residents at Brookfield Farm which specialises in looking after 'mums-to-be'.
A female donkey can have a gestation period of anywhere between 11 to 14 months so it was great to hear that Linda gave birth to little Ben on Friday 27th May 2011. Brookfield Farm manager, Andy Cockburn, told us afterwards that Linda seemed to know what she was doing, so the grooms left her to give birth, but were on hand should she need any help.
While this picture shows a very happy family, since Paddy and Linda joined our own family of donkeys, a staggering 272 donkeys have come through our doors since September 2010.
How much does it cost?
With over 2,000 donkeys in our care here in the UK your donation can help.
- £8 could buy a bag of fibre nuts. An elderly donkey eats 2 kg per day (in 2 feeds). A 15 kg bag of fibre nuts would therefore feed one donkey a week.
- £8 could buy a bale of wood shavings to use in the donkeys' stables. It takes approximately 4 bales to start a bed and then 1-2 bales a week to keep it topped up and clean for a pair of donkeys using one stable.
- £90 could buy 1 tonne of straw. 1 tonne of straw is equivalent to 30 small bales of straw. Each group of donkeys is fed ad-lib straw unless they are on diets, have a dust allergy or have breathing problems.
- £325 could pay for one tank of diesel to transport relinquished donkeys into our care.
Please help us care for donkeys like Paddy, Linda and Ben, their 3 week old son.
No breeding policy
It used to be quite a rare occasion for us to have foals born at the Sanctuary as we have a no breeding policy but with the large increase in donkeys coming into our care we find that some of the mares are already pregnant.
Just like all the other foals that have been born at the Sanctuary, Paddy and Linda's foal will be given sanctuary for life.