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.”