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Adorable new foal born at Penryn donkey sanctuary

The sanctuary says it's over the moon with the new arrival. Credit: The Flicka Foundation

A special delivery arrived over the weekend at the Flicka Foundation sanctuary in Penryn.

Rescue donkey Sophia gave birth to a very long legged, and as yet unnamed, baby boy in the early hours of Saturday morning (13 July).

This may be the only foal Sophia hasn't had taken away from her for the food industry. Credit: The Flicka Foundation

The female donkey, known as a jenny, arrived at the centre last month heavily pregnant, severely underweight and in need of lots of specialist attention.

Sophia spent most of her younger life pregnant as previous owners bred from her as part of the meat trade in France and Italy.

Sophia is already proving to be a very protective and devoted mother.

Her tenderness caring for her foal is beautiful to see, and is in stark contrast to the cruelty that many of the rescued donkeys at our sanctuary have suffered; taken from their mothers far too young to be sold at live animal markets.

– Judy Giles, Director at The Flicka Foundation
The charity doesn’t breed donkeys but sometimes donkeys are already in foal when they arrive. Credit: The Flicka Foundation

There are more than 100 donkeys and horses at the sanctuary on Penty Noweth Farm.