A million people set to tune in to watch the antics of animals at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds

Animal lovers can check in on rescued donkeys living in Leeds from the comfort of their own homes this weekend in a virtual event set to be streamed to more than a million people around the workd.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:45 pm

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds charity’s award-winning, 'Sanctuary From Your Sofa', event returns for another virtual day out with the donkeys.

Viewers will be able to tune to watch a series of live broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in Sidmouth, as well as a host of pre-recorded videos from its regional sanctuaries around the UK, including the Leeds centre near Eccup.

During the visit to the Leeds sanctuary, viewers will find out why it is important to groom donkeys. They will be able watch some of the donkeys being groomed, find out what’s involved, as well as discovering which of the resident donkeys enjoy it most.

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A donkey who is cared for at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds.

The Easter Sunday event, which also coincides with International Carrot Day, follows a series of successful events in 2020, which saw The Donkey Sanctuary win the award for the Best Audience Engagement Campaign at the prestigious 2020 UK Social Media Awards.

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“Last year’s events reached more than one million people across the world, so we’re really excited that the virtual event is back for all those people who are missing their ‘donkey fix’.”

Highlights from the forthcoming Sanctuary From Your Sofa include: spot the differences between a donkey and a mule; finding out what it takes to look after these incredible animals; learning about donkey behaviour; and the life-long, emotional bonds they form with each other and the humans they encounter.

Billy O bathing in the sunshine at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds centre at Eccup.

As well as The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds, all of charity’s regional centres, including The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge, The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham, The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester, and The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast will feature throughout the day.

The charity’s dedicated grooms, who spend their time caring for the resident donkeys, will lead each live and pre-recorded broadcast.

For the full running order and how to watch Sanctuary from your Sofa, which starts at 10am, visit The Donkey Sanctuary’s website, thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk.

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Firm friends being cared for at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds.