New arrivals incl Percy the pot bellied pig

Percy the pot-bellied pig at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary
Above: Percy the pot-bellied pig
Sheltand pony with mule foal at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Oxfordshire
Above: Lady (Shetland pony) with her mule foal Busby

Not all of the animal residents here at Island Farm are donkeys and some animals arrive in the most unlikely combinations.

Visitors might not be surprised to meet a mule or two at the donkey sanctuary. Their pony mums might not raise too much of an eyebrow either, but what about Percy the pot bellied pig ? He arrived a few weeks ago with his goat friend, a little brown duck, a Shetland pony called Lady and her mule foal Busby. Busby’s dad, a donkey called Ed, is also here at Island Farm. He’s a very handsome chap who is also the father of Bailey, another mule at Island Farm.

Ed the donkey, dad of mules Bailey and Busby
Above: Ed, dad of mules Bailey and Busby

Donkeys coming in from one of the fields

The donkeys are eager to return from the fields at the end of a long day of grazing and wandering around with their friends. This video shows some of Island Farm’s male donkeys returning from one of the fields along past the side of the barn on their way towards their stable. Their enthusiasm is typical. They are keen to get back because they know their dinner will soon be served.

This short clip only includes some of the donkeys at Island Farm, Nr. Wallingford (Oxfordshire). Another group of donkeys had already come in a few minutes before. They were female donkeys who had spent the day in the adjoining field to these handsome chaps. Still other donkeys had spent the day in other fields, or the stables and yard areas.

If you watch this video carefully you’ll notice that a few of these donkeys are wearing coloured bands around their necks. These are the adoption donkeys, a members of a special group of donkeys who are available for ‘adoption’ by the sanctuary’s supporters.

Viscount having fun in the fresh air

Viscount was born at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in April 2013. He wasn’t introduced to visitors immediately but after a while Viscount and his mum Briony started to spend some time in a small paddock within view of volunteers working in the yard and people going to and from the visitor center.
He’s a friendly fellow who is full of curiosity, though perhaps something of a handful for his mum. She doesn’t seem to mind his playful nips and chases. Staff and visitors are delighted by him. At least this little donkey got a great start in life!