In late summer 2013, four donkeys were admitted to the Sanctuary. One of them, Diamond, was already pregnant and so we have waited and counted the months in anticipation of a birth. Like all donkey jennets, Diamond preferred to bear her foal when she was all alone. This happened early on the morning of Sunday, July 20th. A camera in their stall recorded the event and by the time staff entered the barn at 7 am, Flint was washed and nursing with great gusto.
Of course, he is adorable. I took this picture this morning, when he was not yet two days old, and he was walking and hopping around Halfway Haven paddock with much enthusiasm. Diamond is a very calm, attentive mother, always with an eye on her son who is never far from her side.
As with all of the donkeys in our care, we are making a lifelong commitment to Flint. With good health, he will live at least in to his late twenties. With the help of our donors, we look forward to giving him the opportunity to have as full and natural a life as possible.
Indeed, the animals’ world is so beautiful.
Sandra Pady, Founder