Lockie was born at our sanctuary shortly after the first lockdown began in 2020. Read on to find out how he's been developing.
Lockie's arrival helped spread joy to our supporters and staff alike as the world grappled with a new way of life caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The future looked a little brighter after Lockie was born to Honeybee at Hannigans Farm in Liscarroll on Easter Monday.
Speaking at the time of his arrival, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland's Head of Farms Declan Sexton said: "Lockie is thriving and loves to bound around. He is still a little shy, but that is to be expected at this stage as he gets used to us being around."
Best of friends
More than a year later, Lockie continues to thrive. He has formed an unbreakable friendship with another young donkey named Dinky, and the two spend their days together playing and exploring their surroundings.
Declan says: "Lockie and Dinky have become very close. They love playing with each other and can be seen making their own fun. They have both become very independent."
While they were being weaned, we moved Lockie and Dinky into their own stable neighbouring their mothers, where they could see each other and touch noses but not feed from them. After the young donkeys are weaned, their mothers were moved away to another group on Hannigans Farm.
As Lockie and Dinky are no longer taking milk, the farm team are keeping a close eye on their weight. They already both receive extra feed, but they will need to be given a little extra if they lose a little weight.
Going from strength to strength
Lockie has transformed from the tiny foal he once was into a strong, able donkey, and he is almost as tall as Honeybee. We hope Lockie and Dinky will enter our rehoming scheme in a few years, where they will bring joy to their new Donkey Guardian family.
Declan says: "The process for ensuring donkeys are suitable for rehoming can be lengthy and always differs from donkey to donkey. Donkeys must settle and mature. As they grow from foals into young donkeys, they will still be playful and can be a little skittish, but time changes that, and they settle more as they mature."
Thanks to your generosity we can care for donkeys like Lockie and Dinky and prepare them to join our rehoming scheme. If you would like to donate today to help us continue our work, simply click on the donate button below. Thank you.