The Arrival of Jasmine Pearl

On Thursday, April 28, at 6:45 am, a new messenger arrived on the sanctuary—Jasmine Pearl, a miniature donkey born to Lily Rose and Ferdinand.

baby donkey right after birth

Jasmine Pearl just born with mother Lily Rose and Daisy the dog watching

Nature is truly amazing. The little one was walking half an hour after being born. She came on wobbly legs right over to me as I crooned to her. I think it was because she recognized my voice from me talking to her in the womb.

close-up of baby donkey just after birth




Ferdinand, her father, brayed in the early morning on Thursday. He often does that, but I usually look out the window to see if anything is going on. This time I saw Lily Rose lying on the ground, straining. I went running out and arrived just as the baby crowned. Lily did a beautiful job of delivering her, and both mother and child were fine.

baby donkey 1 hour old

1 hour old

All the animals watched the delivery, too, and the full-size donkeys greeted the event with musically complex braying. I had mother and child in their own fenced area so Lily Rose wouldn’t stress over protecting her child, but she let the two guardian dogs greet the baby nose to nose through the fence.

mother, father, and baby donkey

With Ferdinand the father

When father Ferdinand came over, however, she turned and gave little kicks to let him know he needed to keep his distance. The full-size donkeys  watched respectfully from afar. The sheep and goats came closer, but only after Ferdinand approached. Perseus the miniature horse checked out the baby through the fence, too, but Pegasus was too busy grazing.

baby donkey with her mother 2 hours after birth

2 hours old




What a joyous addition to our sanctuary family! Welcome, Jasmine Pearl!

baby donkey close-up

Jasmine Pearl taking a rest

About Stephanie Marohn

Stephanie Marohn runs the Animal Messenger Sanctuary, a safe haven for farm animals in northern California. She also has a practice in energy healing for animals and is the author of 10 books, including What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary.
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