Christmas Bray! – Sidmouth donkeys still need care while on vacation

As the residents of East Devon squat down to enjoy Christmas, the grooms at Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth remain dedicated to taking care of their 232 loads.

The bride and groom will work on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and during the holiday season to feed, water and care for the animals living in the animal sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, December 25, but is otherwise open throughout the holiday period, daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last entry into the car park is at 4 p.m.

Although the facilities are closed on Christmas Day, Sidmouth Sanctuary has many public trails through the site, which remain open for those wishing to get out of their festive food.

Photo: The donkey sanctuary.

A spokesperson for The donkey sanctuary said: “The Grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary will be working throughout the Christmas season to continue to provide the highest standard of care to their resident herd of donkeys.

“At the charity’s shrine in Sidmouth, Devon, staff will make sure the 232 donkeys have everything they need, and occasionally give them a festive treat to mark the celebrations.

“Teams of grooms provide a range of enrichment opportunities for donkeys, such as foraging carrots in their straw and foraging for crispy treats in logs and under buckets.

“Donkeys have the shelter and warmth of their barns to make sure they can stay safe from the elements. Their straw beds are normally sufficient to keep them warm, with heat lamps providing an additional source of heat in extremely cold conditions.

“It’s not just resident donkeys who enjoy Christmas treats. Teams of grooms also get festive snacks to help them celebrate the holiday season, as well as a Secret Santa gift for everyone under the Christmas tree.

Sidmouth

Photo: The donkey sanctuary.

Sidmouth

Photo: The donkey sanctuary.

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