Nick came to us in 2004, from an owner who could no longer care for him. He had been moved around from home to home, some good, some less good, & was getting very unsure of himself. NEDDI was pleased to be able to offer him a safe & permanent home. He had an unpronounceable name (& a bit silly, not nearly dignified enough!) so our supporters have re-named him Nick - maybe because it was around Christmas time.
LAURA was born at the sanctuary in 1994. She is just a big baby, and has had to be separated from her mother, Penny, whenever possible because she refuses to acknowledge that she is grown-up now!She is very tall for a donkey and no-one can quite work out who her father might have been. Whoever he was, he must have had a very stubborn streak which he has passed on to Laura.
JAZZY was born to Margaret-Joyce in June 1993. She had neglected to mention to anyone that she was going to have a foal and had not changed shape at all to warn us, so Jazzy was just there in the stable one morning! Like all donkey foals he was very naughty but now he is grown-up, and has turned out to be a very handsome donkey, if a little bossy. He definitely does like his own way!
HEATHER came to us in 1994 after her owners were moving to a new home without land. She was going to be turned out on to the moor to fend for herself! She is very calm and sweet natured, and (we think)particularly beautiful. There was a time when she was the troop leader at NEDDI , but she’s getting on a bit now and has handed over “out-door” leadership to Beatrice, who is a bit fitter and more sprightly!
JIMMY came from Blackpool, where he was born into a beach-donkey herd, but because he was a small donkey, and very thin and weak, he was being disposed of. Since being at the sanctuary he has developed quite well, but he is never going to be particularly big. He is quite nervous, but takes strength from his particlar friend Ernie, who is naughty and pushy enough for both of them.
BON-JOVI is a mule (half donkey/half pony) who was rescued via the RSPCA and was in a very poor state. He had virtually no shelter and was standing in deep mud. He is a wonderfully helpful animal, and is broken to the saddle and harness. Once he was fit and healthy he used to draw the little cart for the children`s rides and therefore maintained that he was the only animal on the working staff.(Rover, the guard dog disputed this!) These days he has no need to work any more, and devotes all his time to (too much) eating. He is on a diet, much to his disgust. He has a sweet nature, except on days when a gale is blowing and has the advantage of choosing whether to be a donkey, or a pony, or sometimes both,on each day as it dawns.
UTAH - He was one of a group of five donkeys found in the north of France in very poor condition, in fact almost completely un-cared for. Some kind people took them away from their immediate problmes but then encountered major problems of their own, so all five came into the NEDDI sanctuary together. Utah was the most afraid when he was found and is still very nervous of strangers.
DAKOTA - is a dark grey male with stunning markings, rescued from an uncaring owner in northern France together with Utah, Tahoe, Sequoia & Sierra. He is very handsome (and knows it!) and is a little inclined to stand about in glamorous poses to be admired. Maybe a career in films is called for?
DAMIEN - a leggy grey donkey from south west France. He has travelled all over Europe, having been shipped from Romania initially. He was then bought by some people in Spain who could only care for him for a short period. He came to NEDDI in 2004 and is a really sweet natured boy who adores people. Apparently he has a problem with his heart, but fortunately it has not given him any problems yet (keep everything crossed!)
BEATRICE was rescued from the Spanish/Portuguese border where she was being sold to continue her working life in a poor condition and totally unfit to be asked to work. She has a hugely shaggy coat and sometimes has to be clipped just to get rid of the tangles. She understands that one must suffer to be beautiful and stands patiently. She has taken over the leadership of the NEDDI herd these days and likes everyone to know who is boss.
Lily came to the NEDDI sanctuary from a very loving home, but she was living in the back garden and getting very bored and fractious and was behaving very badly, which is only natural for a young donkey who needs space and companionship. Her life was about to get even more difficult when her family's circumstances changed for the worse, so it was looking really bad for her. Donkeys in France who are sold to unknown people often face a very uncertain future and her owner was terrified as to what might happen to her.
She was born in 2002 so is still quite young and loves being with the NEDDI herd, even if she is still a bit bumptious! She has a very curly coat which gets very thick and warm each winter. She also enjoys having a good roll in the mud, which is not a terribly good combination with her curly coat, but she loves it like that, so we assume she is the best judge!
She is very sweet natured these days, and is alway the first to go to one of her friends to check that they are OK if the farrier calls, or some such