While East Devon residents hunker down to enjoy Christmas, grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary, in Sidmouth, remain dedicated to caring for their 232 charges.
Grooms at charity will be working on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and over the holiday period, feeding, watering and caring for the animals living at the animal sanctuary.
The Donkey Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, December 25, but is otherwise open throughout the holiday period, every day from 9am to 4.30pm. Last entry into the car park is at 4pm.
Although the facilities are closed on Christmas Day, the Sidmouth sanctuary has many public footpaths across the site, which remain open for those keen to walk off their festive food.
A spokesman for The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary will be working right across the Christmas period to continue providing the highest level of care to its herd of resident donkeys.
“At the charity’s sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, staff will make sure that the 232 donkeys have everything they need, as well as giving them an occasional festive treat to mark the celebrations.
“Teams of grooms provide a range of enrichment opportunities for the donkeys, such as foraging for carrots in their straw and looking for crunchy treats in logs and under buckets.
“The donkeys have the shelter and warmth of their barns to ensure they can keep out of the elements. Their beds of straw are normally enough to keep them warm, with heat lamps providing an added source of warmth in extremely cold conditions.
“It’s not only the resident donkeys who enjoy treats over Christmas. The teams of grooms also enjoy festive food snacks to help them celebrate the festive season, plus a Secret Santa gift for all under the Christmas tree.”