Source: The UK Telegraph
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Believed to have been born in 1965, Tessa retired to The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon at 20 – around the age a donkey would normally be expected to live to.
She was born in the same year the Voting Rights Act was passed and The Beatles took America by storm.
But much like the world famous Liverpool band, her legacy lives on, because at 50 years of age, Tessa is thought to be Britain’s oldest donkey.
Believed to have been born in 1965, Tessa retired to The Donkey Sanctuary, in Devon, at 20 – around the age a donkey would normally be expected to live to.
But after being donated to the sanctuary in 1985, Tessa’s lifespan has exceeded all expectations, outliving many of her peers and baffling farm workers with her youthful exuberance.
Farm worker and groomer Sue Force, 31, said: “Tessa is an incredibly sweet natured and youthful donkey.
“Whenever the doors are open to the barn, Tessa always has her head out and as soon as she sees anyone, or if there is any movement in the feed room, she is the first to start braying very loudly.
“She loves attention from our grooms and volunteers. When being groomed, she will queue up over and over in the hope that she’ll be done again – just like an excitable kid.
“She also knows all the tricks to get what she wants, her behaviour definitely belies her old years.”
Sue has been caring from Tessa, who celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this year, for donkey’s years as the ass has been growing older gracefully on the sanctuary’s farms for more than a quarter of a century.
For her 50th she received a host of birthday cards, a special carrot and donkey feed cake from her grooms…(CONTINUED)