As happy as a pig in mud …

Donkeys are by far the most numerous residents at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in Oxfordshire. Even so, if you look closely around the yard and fields or even just at the photographs on our website you’re sure to notice many other animal residents including chickens, geese, mice and a few larger mammals that occasional receive a mention in our newsletters and online.

Back in September 2013 we wrote about the arrival of Percy the pot-bellied pig together with various companions including a goat, a little brown duck, a Shetland pony and her mule foal together with his donkey dad. You can read more about them all here.

Although our main concern is for donkeys, all the animals at Island Farm are loved and cared for, which includes their various needs being met. Pigs need access to mud, or even better, a shallow muddy pool to cool off when the sun shines. Now that spring and some warmth from the sun is returning to Island Farm, here are a few photos of Percy doing what pigs do.

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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