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Caption this: Donkey kicks up its heels at UK sanctuary

November 22, 2010 |  6:21 pm

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Don't worry -- nothing bad has happened to this donkey. In fact, something very good has happened to it: Once in need of rescue, it now resides at a virtual paradise for equines, England's Donkey Sanctuary, which is one of the largest charities of its kind in the world.

The sanctuary consists of eight farms across Devon and Dorset that have collectively housed more than 14,000 needy donkeys and mules, many of which were rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. Better still: Some of the sanctuary's rescued donkeys participate in a riding program for children with special needs. Others perform different types of outreach work, including visiting hospice facilities.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

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