Mark, who contributed comments to the previous post, sent this picture of Loppy. Loppy is a rescued donkey at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary – www.donkeyrescue.co.uk – her page is at http://www.donkeyrescue.co.uk/Adoptadonkey/AdoptLoppy/tabid/69/Default.aspx. Mark says, “When I visited her last the guys at the sanctuary told me that she had been brought to England for a film and then when they had finished with her she was put up for slaughter. Unbelievable.”

Unbelievable indeed. Even more incredible when you know that the Andalucian donkeys are a threatened breed, now down to eighty pure bred animals in the whole of Spain. Loppy looks a bit like Dalie, Barbara’s donkey and my first educator in the ways of equus asinus. Here is the lovely Loppy.
From the website above.“Loppy is a sixteen-year-old mare donkey standing at 14.2 hands and has ears nearly eighteen inches long – believed to be the longest ears of any female donkey in the country! In 1996 she came down from Scotland to a livestock market in Southall where she was bought by a sympathetic horse dealer who, knowing we could provide her with a good home, offered her to us.”


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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