We currently look after 2 donkeys, who belong to A.d.a.d.a (the local sanctuary)
. They are called Croquette and Tiebel, a mother and daughter who required some additional
care following a long, cold winter in 2008/2009. Since their arrival at the end of
March Croquette has gone from strength to strength. Initially she required assistance
to stand up as she was so weak, whereas now she is independent and enjoys short walks
around the village.
Winter in the Ambert valley can be very cold and wet. A donkey's coat isn't waterproof
like a horse's, so a shelter is required.
Weight loss in the winter months is common, and therefore additional feeding is recommended,
especially for the young and the elderly.
Once wet, donkey's can suffer from a condition similar to frost bite affecting prominent
bones - in this case the spine. This can cause loss of coat and exposes the skin
to further snow, rain and sub-zero temperatures. In the pictures on the left notice
the loss of fur on the spine and backs of the ears.
The photos on the right show good re-growth, with a thick and shiny coat following
a regime of good feeding and care over the summer months.
Christmas 2009 - Croquette is in good condition for her age and demonstrating the
usual characteristics of elderly women, when they've had enough of being photographed!