Two ex-working donkeys have come into our care recently – Margarita who is a large grey mare, and Huey Louis, a smaller brown gelding. Both donkeys have age related issues meaning that they needed extra special care. The owner knew they could no longer work and was unable to provide them with the specialist attention they both needed and asked for our help.
The donkeys were very underweight when they arrived but with the right treatments, food and additional help, they’ve made a lot of progress. Their true characters that have emerged are interesting too.
Margarita can only be described as a bit of a diva! Now full of energy, she’s quite a bossy girl who likes to be the centre of attention with the other donkeys! She loves her food so much that we have to make it very wet to slow her eating habits down. If she has to wait outside the barn for any reason, the look on her face is so amusing – sometimes she seems to be sulking while at other times she looks cross or upset.
On the other hand, Huey Louis is very confident, calm and inquisitive. He likes to make himself known to you although, unlike Margarita, is quite happy for her to get the attention. He gives us the impression that he’ll do anything for a quiet life! As soon as he arrived in our New Arrivals Unit, unlike the others who went exploring their new surroundings, he went straight to the chopped straw in the trough and started eating.
They’re both such lovable characters who, after giving people so much enjoyment throughout their lives, definitely deserve a well-earned rest and lots of special care. You know they will get that from us!