We first met Napoleon in 2014 during our Outreach Programme. A big strong donkey, he was so nervous about being handled that he really didn't want us to catch him or even trim his long and twisted hooves. Although we managed to calm him so that we could do the vital work on his poor hooves, when the owner asked us last year if he could relinquish Napoleon to us, we were a little concerned how he would cope with going in the trailer and moving to a new environment.
Well we needn't have worried! Once we'd caught him, he walked straight onto the trailer and when we arrived at our New Arrivals Unit, Napoleon's eyes lit up with amazement. Literally overnight Napoleon began to relax and became a lot more confident. Little by little he began to realise that getting lots of cuddles was wonderful!
With his winter hair being so fluffy and soft we just can't resist making a big fuss of him and he certainly appreciates all the attention..