Christmas baby born at PrimRose sanctuary
Submitted Photo Curly-haired little Christmas arrived at the PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary on Christmas Day.
A Christmas Day arrival brightened hearts at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary in Bowmanton.
The volunteers have marked the occasion by naming the new baby donkey Christmas, Mary Sullivan said. Mother and son are doing fine.
"The sanctuary ensures that no resident is at risk of becoming pregnant, but we have had three expectant mums in the past 18 months as they could or would not be given care at their previous home," Sullivan said.
Emily, the mother, was pregnant when she came into care at PrimRose last spring, accompanied by her friend Sarah Rose and baby donkeys Bobbie and Lily. They had been through a burr patch. Once volunteers spent many patient hours picking them off, the new arrivals began enjoying a pasture that they share with Sheema the miniature pony and her baby Takota, as well as Simon, a sweet-natured donkey who has a broken tail and serious spinal injuries.
"Mom is not overly protective, and was very comfortable as she and baby received Reiki from our devoted volunteer and Reiki master Susan Rouse," Sullivan reported.
She added that visitors are welcome to see the black curly-haired new addition at the sanctuary on visiting days — Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The sanctuary is located at 1296 Bowmanton Rd., west of Roseneath, and visits by appointment can be arranged by calling 905-352-2772.