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Meet Lockie the foal!

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 11:45am

Say hello to Lockie, a handsome foal appropriately named as he was born during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Lockie was born on Easter Monday at The Donkey Sanctuary, Hannigans Farm in Liscarroll.

His mum, Honeybee, was part of a rescue and came into the charity’s care already in foal, so they were unable to tell exactly when she was due. On Easter Monday, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland’s Head of Farms, Declan Sexton, kept a close eye on the expectant mother, ensuring she was comfortable. That evening, when he went to put Honeybee into her barn for the night, he noticed a dark shape standing behind her.

It was a foal which was still wet and had been born an hour or two earlier. He was bright and alert and even though he shyly stayed behind Honeybee, he moved about easily. Vet Nurse Therese Riordan arrived to check the mare and foal to ensure they were both in good health.

Declan said: “Lockie is thriving, he is full of beans and loves to bound around. He is still a little shy, but that is to be expected at this stage as he gets used to us being around. Honeybee is a great mother. She is very protective of her foal and shields him at all times. It is a joy to see the relationship of mare and foal grow as the days go by.”

Declan added: “The Donkey Sanctuary has a no breeding policy, but all foals born into our care are guaranteed a home for life, either here at our sanctuary or in one of our guardian homes.”

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland’s Liscarroll Farm is currently closed to members of the public and office based staff. Donkey-facing staff continue work and provide the highest level of care and welfare to the charity’s resident donkeys and mules.

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