British charity Redwings has announced the sad loss of one of its donkey adoption stars, Choccy, due to failing eyesight.
Choccy, 28, was euthanized at the charity’s Ada Cole rescue centre.
The popular donkey was retired from its Adoption Club in 2011 because of his failing eyesight, but since then it had deteriorated further.
Choccy did not cope well with his deteriorating vision, the charity said.
He also had arthritis, which had become increasingly severe in his old age, and recently no amount of medication seemed to be making any difference to his wellbeing.
The charity made the decision to euthanize Choccy to ensure he did not suffer.
“He was such a sweetheart and we know our staff and supporters alike are going to miss him a great deal,” it said on its website.
Choccy arrived at Redwings in 1996 and became a familiar face in its adoption scheme.
He originally lived at its centre in Stonham, Suffolk, before moving to the Ada Cole Memorial Stables in Essex when the Suffolk centre closed in 2007.
Redwings described him a very handsome, very confident and very friendly donkey.
“We will never forget his beautiful chocolate colouring and stripy legs or his loud bray when it was time for his dinner.”