One of our multi-talented foster donkeys has taken up a glamorous double life as a TV star.
Flora from Peterborough recently starred as Jimmy the Donkey, the famous WW1 hero, in a special children's production about the role of animals in war to mark the centenary of the conflict.
She was chosen because of her reliable nature- which makes her just like Jimmy. He was born in a First World War trench during the Battle of the Somme and became so invaluable to his regiment, carrying weapons and supplies, that they awarded him the Dickin Medal for bravery and made him an honorary Sergeant. After the war he went to a home in Peterborough where he helped raise thousands of pounds for the RSPCA and went down in history as a local hero.
Flora’s foster mum, Jo Cordell, says: “She was such a superstar! I was so proud! First she let herself be petted by about 400 children then stood perfectly still while filming took place.
"It was really quite moving when they gave Flora her Sergeant’s stripes.”
Flora featured in Southfields School in Peterborough’s TV recording, which they won in a competition by ITV Anglia and which they chose to do on the topic of animals in war. Flora (AKA Jimmy) was filmed being given the Sergeant’s three stripes on her bridle by a WW2 veteran.
“She was just brilliant,” says Jo. “Brilliant with the children and with the elderly chaps from the Cameroonian regiment that Jimmy was attached to.”
In her down time from filming Flora enjoyed exploring a ‘bunker’ the school had created, and being petted by the children. Some were nervous of her at first but by the end of the day wouldn’t leave her alone!
Who can blame them? Besides being a TV star, pretty Flora is a dab hand at showing, at starring in Palm Sunday and Christmas church services and is also being trained for carriage driving. What a clever girl!
If you would like to foster a donkey (and we can’t guarantee they are all as talented as Flora) then please visit http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/foster-a-donkey