A donkey who narrowly avoided a festive fiasco is in a stable condition – after EATING Christmas decorations.
Whisper the donkey luckily didn’t suffer any serious injuries after the seasonal light snack.
Staff at tourist attraction Hoo Farm, in Telford, Shrops., faced pulling the plug on their annual Step Into Christmas show after Whisper munched his way through Christmas tree lights.
Just hours before the event last Saturday – which is in its 24th year – workers at the petting farm found frayed cable, missing fairy lights, and baubles which had been chewed.
However, the evening, which included mince pies and music, went ahead after new supplies were hurriedly purchased.
And Whisper redeemed himself following the fiasco with a flawless performance as the star of the show in the Nativity play.
The five-year-old donkey successfully transported Mary and Joseph, played by schoolchildren Aimee Gough, 6, and 11-year-old David Harris, to the inn.
Hoo Farm manager Will Dorrell, 24, who runs the farm with business partners – and parents – Edward, 57, and Carolyn, 61, can now laugh about the donkey’s festive feast.
He said: “Once we saw what Whisper had been up to, we knew for sure he was on Father Christmas’s naughty list.
“The place was a mess. Luckily, he’s avoided any serious harm and is just battling some tinsel-itis.
“Luckily, we were able to work some Christmas magic and the Tree of Light was lit as planned, to the delight of our 60 guests.
“Whisper has been with us since he was four months old and is a real favourite at the farm.”
Farm founding partner Carolyn Dorrell said: “Christmas is a very special time of year for families.
“As a family-run business, we like to welcome in the holiday season as one big happy Hoo Farm family, with staff, customers, and animals enjoying a night of festivities.
“Thanks to everyone who supported us last night, and throughout the year. Merry Christmas.”
The Hoo Farm Animal Nativity will be performed daily up to and including Christmas Eve, with special appearances from Father Christmas at the weekends.
The farm celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.