A LITTLE orphaned donkey has a new family thanks to two sheep at Begelly tourist attraction Folly Farm.

Western Telegraph:

Born on December 15, miniature donkey cross foal Roberta sadly became orphaned after mum Margi died shortly after giving birth.


Luckily, keepers Jane Hill (farm manager) and Kim Brickell (assistant farm manager) stepped in and have been hand-rearing the young foal since, in order to give her the best chance of survival.

Just like caring for any infant, the keepers have dedicated their time to providing round-the-clock care - including the 2am night feeds.


Jane said: “We only hand-rear animals when absolutely necessary, but after losing mum Margi we had to step in.

“It has taken a lot of dedication to ensure Roberta has the best start but it has been worth it. Our milking goats have even helped us out by providing most of the milk she’s needed - so we’re all doing our part.

“She is doing brilliantly and has certainly stolen our hearts”.

Roberta has settled into life in the barn and is already enjoying meeting visitors.

She has some pretty good company in the way of two sheep - and new best friends forever - who are taking on the role as ‘adoptive parents,’ Lamby and Snowy.

Kim added: “The three of them often cuddle up and play together and have become an adorable little family.”

Folly Farm is currently open on weekends only and closed on weekdays. Daily opening resumes from February 16.