The world’s oldest pony

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Meet Rosie – thought to be the world’s oldest living donkey.

Rosie has defied the laws of nature, having reached the grand old age of 54, when the usual lifespan of donkey is 25-35 years.

Rosie’s owner, Lesley Manger took Rosie in at Kenstud Pony Rescue in Derbyshire, in 2006, along with another donkey Toby. She believes she is definitely in her fifties although is unsure of her exact age. We don’t have an exact date of birth for her, but talking to people who have owned her over the years, she should be about 54,’ she said.

Another contender for the oldest donkey crown was Lively Laddie from Blackpool, who was said to have reached 62, although his age was never formally verified. He died in 2005.

‘Donkeys are like swans – they pal up with a friend for life and when one dies, the kindest thing in some cases is to put the surviving one to sleep,’ Mrs Manger said.

Rosie has made friends with a new companion, an Arabian pony named Gemma, and is enjoying a daily trot in her field.

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