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Last Updated: Tuesday January 15 2008 06:55 GMT

Sonali meets rescued farm animals

Sonali meets the rescued animals

It's been just over a week since around 100 neglected horses and donkeys were found in a field in Buckinghamshire.

Sonali's been to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norwich to see how some of the rescued animals are getting on.

Find out how she got on.

"One of the rescuers told me how she couldn't believe what they'd come across on the farm.
Horses and donkeys are recovering at the sanctuary
Horses and donkeys are recovering at the sanctuary

Around 100 horses and donkeys were found living in appalling conditions.

Since then, the neglected animals have been recovering in sanctuaries across the UK.

Twenty-one of them came to Redwings - 13 ponies and eight donkeys.

Illness

Some of them are still so poorly that I had to put on special overalls and dip my shoes in disinfectant so I didn't spread any illnesses.
Esther was being protected by lots of bigger donkeys
Esther was being protected by lots of bigger donkeys

I met Esther, a two-month-old donkey.

She looked pretty well. It was hard to believe that, just days ago, she had to be rescued from a farm where 32 dead animals were found.

Other donkeys were recovering out in the paddock, but one of the donkeys was heavily pregnant when she was rescued and was kept inside.

Baby

Some people were really worried about her and her baby, but, just 24 hours later, she gave birth to Timothy.
Timothy takes a shine to the camera
Timothy takes a shine to the camera

They're both doing really well now and vets hope the new family will be well enough to go outside, where they'll mix with other donkeys.

Donkeys are famous for looking after each other, so no doubt Timothy will have lots of new friends looking after him."



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