Last week we have had a record number of work experience students. For those based in Sidmouth, we arranged some presentations, a guided tour and a donkey care training day.
Work experience student Lilly, has enjoyed meeting the donkeys here at the Sanctuary and writes about her experience at Brookfield Farm where a foal had been born to a mare who came into our care already in foal.
Maggie’s mother Beauty was pregnant when she arrived at the Sanctuary, so even though the charity has a no breeding policy, they often have foals born under these circumstances.
At the moment she is dependent on her mother for not only milk but for guidance on how to behave. Although Maggie is still very young, she has already acquired her own lively personality.
Maggie is clearly an inquisitive foal and now that she has learnt how to co-ordinate her very long legs, is very happy running around after her mum. She’s definitely not afraid of strangers as she came up said a very enthusiastic 'hello' to me with plenty of cuddles! It's lovely to see how much she enjoys the attention and affection from her grooms.
Whilst she is growing she has plenty of time to get to know her mother and the other donkeys and mules at Brookfield Farm and hopefully explore more of the beautiful paddocks and barns around the farm. It’s always nice to see new foals and Maggie is no exception.
Maggie is just one the many new foals being born here after their mothers have been rescued and they all need the same loving treatment.
On behalf of all the staff, it was a great opportunity to get to meet some of our employees and supporters of the future.