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Oh my goodness.... these are adorable! The nose throught the fence! The spotted one! Chewie! Mark really does have a way with them, doesn't he?!
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Poor Will! But yes, shows just how amazing the care is for these guys.
I was watching a show on HGTV last night, where a couple was looking to buy a house on the island of Bonaire. There is a huge donkey sanctuary there!!
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I hadn't thought of that. What a wonderful way of putting it!

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I think so too... not sure the feeling is 100% reciprocated sadly...
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Look, let's face it, they're all adorably cute, aren't they?

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He does! He denies it, but he is the donkey whisperer...
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I was watching a show on HGTV last night, where a couple was looking to buy a house on the island of Bonaire. There is a huge donkey sanctuary there!!
Oh darn it - the only one of those islands our cruise didn't stop at in January. That's just typical!
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Just so much activity here as always more of your boys to see. That's interesting how the donkeys are grouped according to categories and ailments of sorts. Some of those donkeys could use a good cleaning as covered in wood chips!
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We've seen the grooms finish all their grooming and then watched as the donkey just went straight into the nearest patch of dirt or straw and rolled in it. It's classic! The grooms must wonder why they bother....
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I know. I felt like such a terrible person leaving that one.
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Sunday 17 June – part five: the perils of working with donkeys!

We moved on to shelter 1. This is home to the donkeys who most love human contact. This is where they hold their weddings or vow renewals, one of which we were fortunate enough to see on our visit last year.






Enjoying the salt lick



While we were here, we got talking to this groom…



He was explaining to other visitors what happens to donkeys when their pair bonded partner dies. Oh my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes, given what had happened to Gareth last year. He was saying that generally, in the wild, when one of the pairing dies, the other one often follows suit fairly quickly. They just don’t eat and essentially starve to death.

The other visitors looked really dejected as well, until the groom explained that they make sure that doesn’t happen at the Donkey Sanctuary. In fact, it’s never happened here, which is wonderful news. I quickly interjected and said “a bit like Benji then?” and the groom looked relieved and said and explained about him. The other visitors left looking a little happier…

We did have an entertaining moment, as he wasn’t paying attention to what the donkeys were up to. Hannah, another of the adoption donkeys, went for the guy’s shoelaces!



He had to shoo her away (excuse the pun! ) and told us that they’re always doing things like that. Apparently walkie talkies are also a real favourite of theirs. I dread to think what damage they do to those!

As we stood there, it was raining quite hard, Cocoa came over and at first the other visitors were scratching him. Then they left, so the groom was left to scratch his back. A lot of donkeys like to be scratched on their back ends essentially, so I thought I’d help out. I hate to see a miserable donkey.



Cocoa seemed very happy with this, except I wasn’t so much when I realised that his wet coat was moulting on me! The sink around the corner was out of service, but thankfully they had some paper towels, so I was able to remove all the Cocoa hair I’d acquired…

As it was still raining hard, we headed back to the visitor centre. After a restroom break (to remove the rest of that Cocoa hair ) we browsed the shop and I got a couple of things and made a donation to the Donkey Sanctuary, as I support their work so much.

Next: is that my girl in the rain?
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It's great how they have them separated like that. They truly get to know their donkeys and have each one with the best possible group they belong to. And then they look after them individually so well when one passes away too. That's so sweet. All donkeys should aspire to live there!

Aahhh, yes, the shedding hair. Much like when we give our dog a bath and there is wet fur all over my hands! I totally know what your hand looked like.
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No, they're not!
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They probably all do. Yes, they look after them so well. They really are stars - all the staff and volunteers there.

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You see, not having ever owned a dog in my life, I wouldn't have a clue about that. My pet ownership stopped at a goldfish (it didn't end well... sad story ) and my donkey (who wasn't really mine, but I sort of adopted him as my friend - are you seeing a pattern here? ) in my parents' field when I was growing up.
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