Saturday 11 June 2011

Mules at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Some friends from the British Mule Society kindly took Sue to the Donkey Sanctuary to see their mules.
They have some wonderful mules of all shapes and sizes.
The Mule Society had adopted a sanctuary but it closed when the lady who started it became too ill to continue. Many of the mules were sent the the Sidmouth Sanctuary and this is them in their own group.
The next group contained avery friendly young mule called Paco who is looking for a home BUT he has to go with his two friends.
One is the mule on the left and the other is....
This lovely big mule called Billy
The next group were older mules.
Henry is the gey mule behind who is very friendly and cheeky but too old to be re-homed.
In the front is Figit. He has to have an operation to remove a large sarcoid growth but he reacted very badly to the vet. The ladies who keep him have worked very hard on making him less afraid of the vet (and everyone else!) because if he could not have the operation he would have to be put to sleep. They have done a wonderful job and very probably saved his life.
These are two small, young mules who came to the sanctuary recently.
This is Ami, one of the oldest mules.
A horse psychology student came to the sanctuary to do some experiments to find out how intelligent the mules were compared to horses and how quick they were to learn new things. Ami got the highest scores in all the tests so she is officially the most intelligent mule in the sanctuary !

We all had a lovely day and were made very welcome by the donkey sanctuary staff.
Thank you ladies for showing off your lovely mules.
To visit the mules yourself and find out more about the Donkey Sanctuary visit their website at:

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