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In Pictures: The Donkey MOT
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Before they can go to work on the beach at Skegness, donkeys must pass their equivalent of the MOT - including health checks by a vet.
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All beach donkeys are branded on their hooves so people can make complaints if necessary.
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Microchips must be inserted under the donkeys' skin, or licences will not be issued.
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A final check to ensure the animal has no sores, especially in the area where the saddle is placed.
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And the donkeys are free to work - once the weather improves, of course.

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