Friday, the olderst donkey in Britian, has died at 53 years
(110 in human years)


Friday, so named because he was born on Good Friday, was described as a 'huge character' who was always happy.

Owner Wendy Hoyland, 51, said: "We are all absolutely devastated but we couldn't do any more for him" "It was his time to go, and in human terms he would have been around 110 years old."

She said "mischievous" Friday had free run of Wendy's farm home in the small town of Llandysul, Mid Wales, where she lives with husband Darren, 45, and their two young sons, Tyler and William.

Friday competed in donkey derbies and when he retired in his twenties he went on to keep foals company after they had been weaned. He moved to live with Wendy and her family nine years ago as a companion to a pony.

Wendy said: "It was only in the last five or six years that he started to really show his age.

"He could no longer eat any hay or grass the horse dentist would look and just take out a few loose teeth! "He was a huge character and so knowing. You always knew if there was bad weather coming as he would change completely.

Wendy added: "He was naughty and mischievous and spent his time in our garden being fed bread every day. His stable door was never shut and he could come and go as he pleased. He used to cost a fortune to feed but he was so happy and full of it. He was worth every penny."

The oldest donkey in the world was Suzy, from New Mexico, who died aged 54 in 2002.

Wendy posted on Facebook: "Love and miss you Friday things will never quite be the same in the stables again."




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