Sanctuary appeals for play-mate for rescued baby Moses

John Wilson. manager of the scottish borders donkey sanctuary with the 3 month old foal.
John Wilson. manager of the scottish borders donkey sanctuary with the 3 month old foal.
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The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary is playing mum to its youngest rescue yet.

For the St Boswells charity has saved a three-month-old foal from Ayrshire.

The mother died soon after the foal was born and the farmer who owned the baby piled it into the front seat of his car and took him to a goat breeder friend to raise.

Sanctuary owner Rosemary Dale said: “He’s so pretty and fluffy, and has a lovely wee face – he’s like something out of a fairy story.”

The rescue centre has named him Moses, as he has been saved so far by a Mrs Reid.

“She fed him on goats milk which is not quite right for him and our vet is a bit worried his tummy might not be right,” said Mrs Dale.

Now, free of charge, Baileys feed manufacturers are making up a special formula for the youngster to try to correct any deficiencies.

The sanctuary first heard about Moses when a friend phoned to say a three-month-old donkey foal had been advertised for sale online.

But he was taken off the web by the time the charity looked for him. However, another friend found him advertised in a free sheet and the centre was able to make contact.

“Mrs Reid is a lovely person but she’s quite elderly and she’s never had anything to do with donkeys before. A foal learns from its mother and he had become a bit of a handful, he was knocking her over,” said Mrs Dale.

“She could have sold him a few times but they weren’t the right kind of people – some were going to try to keep him in a garden. She was very relieved when we contacted her.”

Foals usually stay with their mothers until they are at least six months old.

An anonymous donor provided the cash to buy Moses and Kelso transporter Eric Gillies brought him to St Boswells at a reduced rate.

“We’re just hoping to get Moses healthy and find a companion for him. Maybe someone has an orphaned foal they could lend us for three months. He’s in a field with some of our oldest residents but they’re having nothing to do with him,” said Mrs Dale.

The 80-acre sanctuary is home to 75 donkeys and holds tours at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Meanwhile, Borders College is holding a country fair at their Newtown St Boswells campus on Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm and money raised there will go to the sanctuary and other animal charities, and the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.

The fair will include a plant sale, dog show, dog agility, pony rides, paintball and birds of prey.