CAN you think of a name for this cute new arrival?
The rare donkey has just been born at Cannon Hall Farm, at Cawthorne near Barnsley, and farm bosses are asking readers of The Star to come up with the perfect name for the young male.
Linda Watherall, a guide at Cannon Hall, said the farm’s newest resident is a Poitou donkey, a breed that is on the endangered species list.
“There’s only 400 left in the world, and in the 1970s it went down to something like 20-odd,” she said.
Linda said the foal’s mum, three-year-old Millie, was around 11 months pregnant when she gave birth – donkeys can carry their babies for up to 14 months.
Cannon Hall director David Nicholson found out Millie had gone into labour when he heard the farm’s dogs going “absolutely mad” during the night, she added.
“She must have been making unusual noises, and they alerted David that something was going on,” she said.
Linda revealed that relations between mum and baby were far from harmonious at first.
“The mum didn’t bond at all – we had to go in every hour and get the baby to suckle. Sometimes it just happens, it happens with humans now and again.
“The baby’s in a little pen next to the mum, so they do have contact.
“She did lose a foal last year, and that was her first baby, so it could be something to do with that and now she’s confused.”
Linda added that the friendly foal is already proving popular with visitors.
“He’s a typical little baby donkey. When people visit the farm he’s up to have a look at them,” she said.
Anyone who wants to suggest a name can do so using Twitter – @cannonhallfarm – or on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/3wlsxu3.