Willy came to Fields of Freedom from a butcher’s shop. He lived there in order to provide company to animals the butcher was about to slaughter.
It’s a legal requirement in Denmark that animals not be left alone in a stable, and this is why donkeys are often used as cheap companions to animals awaiting slaughter.
Willy’s two sisters, Sally and YoungFrida, and their mother Lotte, also lived in this stable.
Willy was a young Jack donkey (stallion) and he had become aggressive because he had reached sexual maturity and wanted to mate.
He had already made his own mother Lotte pregnant twice, resulting in Sally and YoungFrida. He was now trying to mate with his mother Lotte again and with his own sister YoungFrida who was doing her best to fight him off.
Donkeys can become pregnant again just a week after giving birth, so it was only a matter of time before Lotte would again become pregnant by her own son.
Willy, Lotte, YoungFrida and Sally were grossly neglected while living at the butcher’s stable. They had no hoof care, no access to clean water, no bedding or hay feed and there was no grass left in their small pasture.
Only a kindhearted neighbor took pity on them and gave them feed and fresh water daily.
Willy was neutered before coming to Fields of Freedom, at a necessary cost of DKK 12,000 to the sanctuary. When he reached Fields of Freedom from the animal hospital his family was waiting for him in a fresh, warm stable. They now live happily together as a real family.
Willy is one of the strongest and most vocal donkeys here at the sanctuary. He can often be heard calling out to some of the other donkeys in other parts of the fields.
He has become a loving and gentle father to Sally, and they often spend the night sleeping side by side in the stable.