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They are all just too adorable You're blessed to be able to visit them.
We are, but I just wish it was a bit closer. It's quite a drive down there and back.

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We have nothing like that around here. Well, there's an Emu & Alpaca farm in the next town, but that's hardly the same.
Not quite...
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What a nice time with your donkeys with so many great photos! They certainly enjoy the attention and adoration! I can't believe that one donkey gave you an attitude when you arrived!
Your breakfast looked very good as amazing combo with the eggs, tomatoes and smoked salmon. Would be even better with some capers and red onion.
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Ooooh no - we'll have to agree to disagree with that. To me, that would overpower the dish!
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Sunday 17 June – part two: watching donkey grooming

You re-join us at the Donkey Sanctuary and, if you notice, there was one donkey without a collar…




This is Feargal, the handbag loving donkey, who managed to grab hold of the strap of one of my Disney handbags when we visited last year. The thing broke a couple of days later. I made sure to keep my handbag well away from him!

Anyway, he was no doubt without a collar because they’d been playing. The collars are designed to come off easily, so the donkeys don’t get hurt. Mark spotted it lying somewhere on the ground.

We got to witness this lovely practice, which I call donkey grooming. It’s when two donkeys, often ones that are pair bonded for life, groom each other and honestly the noise that goes with it is quite something. They really go for it!







Meanwhile Benji was scratching himself – one of his favourite past times!




Now there is a story to this… literally a few days after we visited, I noticed from the webcam that I keep an eye on that Benji was in what came to be known as the “bag of shame”. You’ve heard of the “cone of shame” with dogs to stop them scratching. Well, we think this is something similar. Basically, Benji ends up with a black cover to his face that is actually see through when you see it close up (thank goodness for him!) but from a distance, looks as if it’s blacked his entire face out. It could also be to keep the flies away or to stop him getting sunburnt, as I know some of the other lighter coloured donkeys have issues with that

Another further footnote - a while after I wrote this, I saw on the Donkey Sanctuary's Facebook page that Hannah, one of their adopted donkeys, who's also white, was wearing one and they explained it's to keep the flies away, so not really a "bag of shame" but the name has stuck in our house!


I was hoping that Ricky would do something fun with this wellington boot, but sadly it was not to be.

DSCN9271 by Cheryl Pendry, on Flickr
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The minis eventually headed out into their field…




Eventually we tore ourselves away from the minis and marvelled at the next field, where they were out, chomping grass that had been newly released, as the electric fence had been moved back.








We also found some interlopers…



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Awww!! They're so stinkin cute!
Our dog has white fur and I didn't know until we got him and the vet explained that yes, they can get sunburn more easily than the darker fur animals. So I have to limit his time outside. He's not always a fan of coming back in the house!
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A lot of great activity with the donkeys. Very interesting about the grooming and glad you captured it so well in action!
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I bet they haven't got much now though.... I don't know how much rain they'd had since we were down there, but yesterday was our first day of rain since May. The grass here is all yellow. It looks like fall.
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They're all so cute. The grooming reminds me of my cats. They're what you'd call a bonded pair. They've been together their whole lives and can't be separated. They groom each other but much more quietly.
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Sunday 17 June – part three: the perfect adopted donkey

We made our way into the main barn at the Donkey Sanctuary…






… where I found one of my adopted girls, Bonnie, right in front of me:





I was so impressed with her. I just stood there and petted her and she didn’t flinch at all. She really is the perfect adopted donkey – one who obviously loves human attention.

We headed up to the visitor centre and honestly I’ve never seen the place this deserted.



We both had some different facial expressions when it came to this photo opportunity!




I always love seeing this:



We started to walk through the various fields of donkeys…





… and soon came across the tale of Will. Oh my goodness, he was adorable!




A little further up, we found some other wildlife…





… and Dartanyan, or as Mark christened him “Chewie” after Chewbacca from Star Wars. I think you can probably see why…



This is home to Millie the mule, who had kept us entertained during the snow in late February and early March. Every time we looked at her webcam, she was happily out in that. Goodness knows why – she had shelter, but she wanted to stand out in the snow. She was a lot of fun then and it was nice to see her in the flesh now.



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What a sweet story about Will, its so great all the individual care they take with each donkey. Do they have a high success rate with the adoptions and is one donkey able to be adopted by more than one person?
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Oh my goodness!! I am not sure how I missed this but I am all caught up now!! You are so making me want to go to the donkey Sanctuary and adopt a little guy!! Your pictures always tell a wonderful story and are new and fresh with each trip!! I can see why you continue to go here!!
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