PHOTOS: The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth welcomes first foal of the year

This fluffy fella is pictured exploring his new surroundings in the spring sunshine – after becoming first foal of the year at The Donkey Sanctuary.

The yet-to-be-named youngster’s mum, called Rachel, was rescued by the international animal welfare charity near Sidmouth in April 2020.

She was already pregnant and in a very poor condition after being relinquished along with five other donkeys by her owner.

Veterinary health checks revealed Rachel was in foal.

During his first outing, the sanctuary’s new addition spent time close to his mother, regularly feeding from her and lying down in the grass for short naps.

Sidmouth East Devon Foal and mum enjoying the spring sunshine. Image: The Donkey Sanctuary

Images: The Donkey Sanctuary

Image: The Donkey Sanctuary

Farm manager Neil Coles said: “Rachel delivered her foal quickly, and with no complications.

“Our vet has checked over the mare and foal and is very happy with how they are both doing. Rachel has been a brilliant mum so far.

“It’s really lovely watching them enjoy the spring sunshine together, knowing that they will both have a safe and happy future with The Donkey Sanctuary.”

Staff will continue to monitor the mother and foal who, when he is old enough, will be introduced to other younger donkeys and form lasting friendships.

Image: The Donkey Sanctuary

Images: The Donkey Sanctuary

The sanctuary, which is currently closed to visitors, has a ‘no breeding’ policy.

Animals born at the sanctuary are from mares that have arrived already in foal.

All are guaranteed a home for life.

Rare dormice found thriving in East Devon woodland owned by The Donkey Sanctuary

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