Piper hopes to whistle up the Easter crowds

Rosemary Dale of St. Boswells Donkey Sanctuary with newly born donkey 'Major Piper' and her mother.
Rosemary Dale of St. Boswells Donkey Sanctuary with newly born donkey 'Major Piper' and her mother.

BABY donkey Piper, whose mum was rescued from the French meat market, is the newest star at Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary at St Boswells.

The charity’s Rosemary Dale is hoping the young cutie, whose full name is Pipe Major Laidlaw after his Kelso sponsor’s husband, will help to draw crowds to the sanctuary’s weekend tours.

She said: “The winter has been pretty hard. We had no visitors for three months, which was a big loss, but people are starting to come back again which is lovely.”

Piper’s sponsor gave a “very generous” donation for the new arrival, born to mum Tulip a week ago: “Piper is exceptionally pretty,” said Mrs Dale.

The sanctuary will be open from 1pm on Easter Saturday (April 23) for Easter egg painting, a treasure hunt, a chance to meet the donkeys and more, when organisers hope to raise money to help pay a £7,000 vet’s bill for one of their rescues.

Piper, his mum and Mrs Dale are pictured above.

Photograph: Stuart Cobley