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Billy Bean
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Billy Bean
Grey/brown gelding – Born 1993 Billy Bean came with Crackers. These two boys arrived at the park together in 2002. They originally came from a farm park in Wales which had lost all there livestock during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. As they missed all the attention from the visitors they were beginning to misbehave and becoming quite a handful, therefore we were asked to take them in.

Year of Birth: 1993

Colleen
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Colleen
- White jenny – Born 1974?? Colleen came from a farm in Ireland and was in foal when she arrived, she was also very poorly and unfortunately her foal was still born. She was very sad for about 3 months, but with lots of TLC she recovered. Colleen loves to go out and about to represent the park.

Year of Birth: 1974

Connie
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Connie
Grey jenny – Born 1993 Connie was born at the Donkey Park her mother is Grizelda and her father is the same as Punda’s. She was named in memory of a dear lady who loved the donkeys very much.

Year of Birth: 1993

Crackers
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Crackers
Grey gelding, Born 1992 Crackers came to the Donkey Park with his best friend Billy Bean(see Billy's details). Since arriving he has been diagnosed with an ailment called Wobblers, which affects the spinal cord. He has to be well rugged up during the winter as the wet and cold badly affects this condition.

Year of Birth: 1992

Beamish
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Beamish
- Black gelding – Born 1990 Beamish is Grizelda’s son. His has a very short tail as he suffered frostbite whilst out on Bodmin Moor. Because of his poor start in life he did not grow well. He suffers from a nasty ailment called Sweet Itch, which is an allergic reaction to the bite from the midge. He has a special rug which he wears during peak midge times, along with fly repellent this keeps it under control

Year of Birth: 1990

Desmond
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Desmond
Grey/brown gelding - Born 30th November 2004 (mother Mary and father Jacko). He gets to look more like his late mother Mary as each year passes.

Year of Birth: 2004

Gemma
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Gemma
- Brown jenny - Born 1984 Gemma arrived at the Donkey Park in 1989, her past history was unknown, when she arrived she looked rather fat and shortly afterwards had a foal (Georgina).

Year of Birth: 1984

Grizelda
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Grizelda
Grey roan jenny, Born 1980 ish. Grizelda was found running wild on Bodmin Moor with a foal at foot (Beamish) having been abandoned by there previous owner. If they had not been found and taken in Beamish would not have made it through the winter. Grizelda is an extremely stubborn donkey who keeps us on our toes.

Year of Birth: 1980

Happy
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Happy
Brown gelding thought to be born 1987 so is now in his mid 20s. Happy was taken in from a local sheep farmer as he was continuously chasing the sheep! This was probably because he was bored and didn't have any donkey companions. Donkeys should never live on there own as they are a herd animal.! We taught him to give rides, which kept him busy and out of trouble, but because of his age he is now retired.

Year of Birth: 1987

Jacko
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Jacko
Chocolate brown stallion, Born 1992 Jacko came to the Donkey Park in June 2003 when his owner relocated to France and could not afford to take him with them. Jacko is the most laid back and sweetest donkey you'll ever meet even though he is a stallion.He had previously been used to breed mules on Bodmin Moor.

Year of Birth: 1992

Kiltie
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Kiltie
Dark brown jenny, Born 1986 Kiltie was bred to work in the peat fields in Ireland. But she was too small and therefore her future was uncertain, until she came to live at the Donkey Park, where she has a home for life.

Year of Birth: 1986

Joyce
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Joyce
- White jenny – Born 1994 Joyce was also born at the Donkey Park her mother is Bridget and she also has the same father as Punda. She was also named in memory of another dear lady who loved the donkeys.It was intended for Joyce to give rides but she had other ideas.

Year of Birth: 1994

Poppy
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Poppy
Apricot brown jenny, Born 1991 Poppy came to the Donkey Park from a farmer based on Bodmin Moor in December 1999. Poppy suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) she has special medication and as she needs a dust free environment lives out all year. She has her own paddock and stable which is bedded down with shredded paper, rugs for the winter and is fed on soaked hay when required.

Year of Birth: 1991

Punda
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Punda
Grey gelding, Born 1993 Punda was born at the Park. His father is a past British Supreme Champion Stallion called Happy Valley Kulio. He is our smallest donkey, but one of the bossiest.

Year of Birth: 1993

Ringo
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Ringo
Skewbald gelding, Born 1996 Ringo came to the Donkey Park in July 1999. He had originally come from Ireland in a very poor state and was bought from the dealer, by the owners of the beach donkey team at Dawlish Warren. With a great deal of love and care they nursed him back to health, but then found he was too strong for their team. Unfortunately he is now losing his sight, which is believed to be due to the neglect/beatings he received when he was a youngster.

Year of Birth: 1996

Roy
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Roy
Grey gelding, Born 1990 Roy was born shortly after his mum Bridget arrived from Ireland in 1989. He suffers from a nasty ailment called Sweet Itch, which is an allergic reaction to the bite from the midge. He has a special rug, which he wears during peak midge times, along with fly repellent this keeps it under control. Bridget lived until 2008 until the ripe old age of 49.

Year of Birth: 1990

Sasha
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Sasha
Dark brown gelding. Born 1999 Sasha was named by the children of Chernobyl when they visited Sorley tunnel, where he was born. At a year old he came to us to be a companion for a donkey owned by a local lady who sadly had just lost one of hers. Up until 2008 he lived with this lady and her donkey Tilly, but it was then decided that he needed to come down to the park for much needed training. So he and Tilly came and joined all the other donkeys.

Year of Birth: 1999

Snubs
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Snubs
Dark brown jenny, Born 1984 ish. Snubs came to the Donkey Park from Ireland in 1989, along with 7 other donkeys. Her real age and history is unknown, but she was in need of care and a good home. She has huge ears, the biggest ears of all the donkeys.

Year of Birth: 1984

Teddy
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Teddy
Brown gelding, Born 1990 Teddy arrived at the Donkey Park in 1994 with his sister Mary after they were left to the park in a will. Everyone loves him because he has a very fluffy face and coat. Unfortunately he has ongoing liver problems which are closely monitored by us and the vets. He also has special daily herbal medication.

Year of Birth: 1990

Treacle
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Treacle
Grey gelding. Born 2006 Treacle's mother is Joyce and he was born on 27 June 2006. He was bred to work on the park when one of the older donkeys retired, but due a medical problem he will not be starting to work.) He is the smallest of all the donkeys.

Year of Birth: 2006

Paddy
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Paddy
Born 2002 Paddy is one of four boys who came to the park in March 2008 from a Lady in North Devon who has rescued many different equines over the years. She rescued the boys from inner city Dublin when they were 6 months old. Unfortunately this lovely kind lady has gone down with severe arthritis and was struggling with the day to day demands of four young strong donkeys. After much thought, she asked us to take them in. She visits regularly and we update her on their progress, we hope to train them to give rides but are having to take this slowly as they are very untrusting of people especially men.

Year of Birth: 2002

Percy
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Percy
A skewbald gelding, Born 2002 Percy is one of four boys who came to the park in March 2008 from a Lady in North Devon who has rescued many different equines over the years. She rescued the boys from inner city Dublin when they were 6 months old. Unfortunately this lovely kind lady has gone down with severe arthritis and was struggling with the day to day demands of four young strong donkeys. After much thought, she asked us to take them in. She visits regularly and we update her on their progress, we hope to train them to give rides but are having to take this slowly as they are very untrusting of people especially men.

Year of Birth: 2002

Declan
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Declan
Born 2002 Declan is one of four boys who came to the park in March 2008 from a Lady in North Devon who has rescued many different equines over the years. She rescued the boys from inner city Dublin when they were 6 months old. Unfortunately this lovely kind lady has gone down with severe arthritis and was struggling with the day to day demands of four young strong donkeys. After much thought, she asked us to take them in. She visits regularly and we update her on their progress, we hope to train them to give rides but are having to take this slowly as they are very untrusting of people especially men.

Year of Birth: 2002

Seamus
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Seamus
A white gelding, Born 2002 Seamus is one of four boys who came to the park in March 2008 from a Lady in North Devon who has rescued many different equines over the years. She rescued the boys from inner city Dublin when they were 6 months old. Unfortunately this lovely kind lady has gone down with severe arthritis and was struggling with the day to day demands of four young strong donkeys. After much thought, she asked us to take them in. She visits regularly and we update her on their progress, we hope to train them to give rides but are having to take this slowly as they are very untrusting of people especially men.

Year of Birth: 2002

 
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The Tamar Valley Donkey Park, St Ann's Chapel, Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18 9HW
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30 September 2014
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