Talk of the Town - - Front Page - JON HOUZET

ABOUT 20 res­i­dents who have be­come friends of Emily the don­key gath­ered at the West Beach Drive home of Wol­lie and An­nerie Wol­marans last Satur­day for a farewell party for the lit­tle don­key that stole all their hearts.

Emily was fetched on Sun­day by her new fam­ily who live on a farm near East Lon­don.

An­nerie shed some tears at the gath­er­ing on Satur­day, as she re­lated her work with don­keys over the past 40 years, res­cu­ing many from abu­sive own­ers while also en­cour­ag­ing bet­ter treat­ment for the beasts of bur­den through the Makana Don­key As­so­ci­a­tion she founded in 2002.

Emily has be­come sym­bolic of all those don­keys, res­cued from cer­tain death in Gra­ham­stown at only five days old. She was tended to by a vet­eri­nar­ian be­fore An­nerie took her home to raise her over the past two months. Wol­lie and An­nerie fed her a bot­tle of warm milk five times a day and gave her plenty of ap­ples and car­rots.

She slept in a wendy­house and be­came a fa­mil­iar sight on the beach near Flame Lilly when An­nerie and Wol­lie took their en­tire menagerie for a walk – two cats, three dogs and the don­key all get­ting along like old mates.

Adults and chil­dren alike pet­ted the lit­tle don­key and en­joyed a slice of cake at the farewell party.

An­nerie said fe­male don­keys have been found to be good guardians for herds of sheep, with a num­ber of her res­cues be­ing used by farm­ers for this pur­pose.

Pic­ture: JON HOUZET

PARTING IS SWEET SOR­ROW: A final beach walk with friends for Emily the don­key, be­ing fed some ap­ple by Martin Wol­marans, grand­son of Wol­lie and An­nerie Wol­marans, who raised the res­cue don­key

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