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

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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