It's easy for us to sometimes forget the improvements we achieve with our rescued donkeys. Two examples of how care and devotion can not only improve a donkeys physical welfare, but also their mental well-being, are Yiannis and Aspro.
You've just read about dear old Aspro and you'll remember reading about Yiannis, the terrified young donkey who came into our care last year. Yiannis has always been the most inquisitive donkey we've met and recently demonstrated to us how he has been watching his best friend Helena.
While we were doing the monthly weighing, one of the carers took off her fleece jacket and put it on the feed trough next to the weigh scales. We'd already weighed Yiannis (who is so confident about this now) when suddenly we caught him with the jacket in his mouth and just about to run off around the paddock with it! Ironically, we only had to say 'Yiannis, drop that' and he did! He looked just like someone who had been caught with their hand in the sweet jar!
Seen here in the photograph with some of his pals, you'd ever think it was the same donkey who would risk life and limb to get away from humans, what a difference a year makes.