Winter woe for donkey

CONCERNS have been raised over the health of a Belper donkey claimed to be the oldest in the world.

It has been difficult to keep 54-year-old Rosie warm during the cold snap because of illnesses connected to her old age.

But owner Lesley Manger said she is hoping her potentially record-breaking donkey will survive the winter.

Lesley, who runs Kenstud Pony Rescue at Blackbrook, where Rosie lives, said: "This cold is getting to her at the moment. We have wrapped her up but it has made her too hot, and because she has itchy patches it doesn't allow them to breathe.

"We hope she will be around for a long time yet though."

Lesley, who has run the pony rescue since 1998, said: "It's impossible to prove how old she is. But various people that have had her before me have told me that she was born 54 years ago. All I can pass on is what

I have been told. Donkeys don't have birth certificates and passports for horses were only brought in a couple of years ago."

Kenstud Pony Rescue is always appealing for volunteers to help with the horses it looks after.

For more information call Lesley on 01773 831251.