Redwings welcomes baby foal and family

A new born donkey foal has stolen the hearts of staff at Redwings Horse Sanctuary just in time for Valentine’s Day - read on for his story and some video that come with strong 'cutness' alerts!

At just two-weeks-old, an irresistibly cute new born donkey foal called Amos arrived at Redwings’ headquarters in Hapton, near Norwich, on Wednesday 01 February alongside his mum Matilda and dad Jeremiah.

The tiny new addition to the Redwings family is so small that he had to be carried from the horse box into his stable where, after a quick look around, he was soon playfully jumping in the shavings and suckling from mum.

This adorable family unit was offered a home at the Sanctuary when their previous owner began to struggle to look after them due to ill health and contacted the charity for help.

Donkeys are sensitive souls who have complex care needs, so Redwings has an open door policy for these lovable long-eared creatures.

Amos, Jeremiah and Matilda will remain under the watchful eye of Redwings’ veterinary and equine care teams at their headquarters for the next few months. While this site is closed to the public, it is hoped the gorgeous trio will be able to join a donkey herd at one of the charity’s visitor centres in the future.

Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive, said: “Everyone at Redwings is absolutely smitten with Amos. He is only the fifth donkey foal to arrive at the Sanctuary in the past ten years so to say his arrival has caused a lot of excitement would be an understatement!

“We’re delighted that by offering our help and expertise, this young family can remain together and receive the specialist care they need for the rest of their lives.

“It is thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to provide a home for all three donkeys and we would welcome anyone who wishes to support us in their ongoing care and help Amos grow into a happy and healthy donkey to visit our website or call us to make a donation.”


If you'd like to help Redwings help donkeys like Amos, Matilda and Jeremiah you can donate by calling 01508 481000 or visiting www.redwings.org.uk/donating. Just £10 could fill a stable with bedding, while £15 could provide a donkey with hay for a month and £50 could cover the cost of a health check for a new arrival like Amos to the Sanctuary.