A Co. Galway farmer is celebrating a rare arrival on his farm – the birth of twin donkeys.
The twins – which were born on Sean Martyn’s farm in Monivea, Co. Galway on Thursday (October 24th) – are both healthy and thriving.
Speaking exclusively to That’s Farming, Sean, said: “I knew Number 7 was in-foal, but she was never scanned.”
“At about 9am on October 24th, I went into the house to have breakfast. At around 10am, I looked out the window and one foal was standing up and the other was about to hit the ground,” he explained.
“The two foals are feeding off her together now,” added Sean who farms sucklers, horses and donkeys.
“They are two males and nearly look identical to each other, but one is smaller than the other.”
Only 1.5% of mares ever have twins and of those that do, just 10% of foals survive. “My grandchildren have named them Jackie and Seachtai.” Sean added.
“I definitely won’t be selling the twins – I might bring them around to our local school or if anyone is looking for live animals for a Christmas crib, they would be a perfect fit.” Sean concluded.
Image source: Tom Nohilly