New-born delight for Porfell Wildlife Park rescued donkey
Tenderly the mother donkey nuzzles her new-born son as the pair get to know each other.
At just eight hours old the foal is the first to be born this year at Porfell Wildlife Park, near Looe, South East Cornwall.
The as yet unnamed foal is a beautiful black and white standard donkey and is already nearly as tall as his mother.
The scene is particularly touching because the mother, named Dorothy, was rescued from the pet food market in Spain and brought to Porfell last June.
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She was brought over as a companion for another donkey called Becky who had lost her mate.
Unbeknown to staff at Porfell Dorothy was pregnant when she was rescued.
Gestation in the species lasts from 10 to 14 months. A spokesman for Porfell said: "Donkeys can live to 40 years plus, so we hope mum and baby and Becky will live happy and healthy long lives at the park."