Monthly Archives: February 2010


Tobias - Photo - Frans Bizot

Our 20th donkey is called Tobias. A young couple in Holland, Job and Joyce, who have adopted him, gave this name to him.

As his owner didn’t want to keep him any longer and we didn’t have enough stable space, volunteer Peter built a separate makeshift stable for him, so that he could make his acquaintance of the other donkeys bit by bit. By now he has mixed in very well with all the others.

With only 13 years Tobias is our youngest donkey. He’s also very handsome, now that we’ve cleaned him from a thick layer of cow dung.

Winter in Arobes

Winter in Arobes, beautiful and difficult (photo: Daniel Izquerdo Berlana)

We’re having a winter with snow and ice, like in the distant past, villagers say. Wonderful scenery as the picture shows. But for donkeys – originally living in Africa – the Asturian winter months are all but easy. And most of our donkeys are very, very old … Often they have to stay inside because of the rain or snow, and they have all kinds of diseases now. Hoof infections: Jip and Flora, infection of the tear duct: Flora and Juliet, colds: Leo, Anes, Lola, Joep, Jelle. Coughs: Norbert, serious limp: Leo. Fungal infection: Ray and Platero. General condition of weakness: Niño. We are seeing a lot of the vet these days…

Jelle’s condition is not good, his back legs are very weak. When he lies down, he can’t get up by himself anymore. Hopefully he’ll live to see the spring and summer! Two friends of the donkey paradise devised a special donkey stretcher, so that we’ll always be able to bring donkeys back to the stable. Inside the new stable they will devise a donkey hoist, so that we don’t need six people every time to put Jelle onto his feet.