The majority of the donkeys we take into care are very elderly and when we discovered her mum, Eftyhia, was pregnant we were very excited about the arrival of our first foal. When the carers arrived for work that morning, you can imagine their surprise to find a small, almost black bundle standing on slightly wobbly legs in the corner of the stable peeping out from behind her mum! She soon learned to trust us and lift her hooves up, wear a head collar and go for walks.
Sadly, when she was almost six months old, we had to say goodbye to her mother who had health problems that could not be treated. It was heart-breaking for little Helena and for us too although another donkey, George, took her under his wing and made sure she felt safe. Helena now lives with a wonderful group of donkeys who often seem surprised by her energy and antics!