Children holding knitted animals
Children holding knitted animals

Big Knit: Hani’s tale and our donkey knitting pattern

Knit Duncan the donkey and help working animals like Hani.

Hani the five-year-old donkey works to transport goods in the souks of Marrakech.

Donkey Hassan receiving treatment

His owner, Hassan, has no other animals and relies totally on Hani to help him earn a living.

Hassan had visited the SPANA centre in Marrakech before when Hani injured his knees in a fall. So when Hassan noticed a growth above Hani’s eye, he knew exactly where to take his donkey.

Donkey Hassan following treatment

On arrival at the centre, a SPANA vet was able to identify Hani’s growth as a sarcoid. And although it could be removed with a relatively straightforward operation, left to grow the sarcoid would have impaired Hani’s vision.

The team operated straight away and the procedure was a complete success.

After the operation, veterinary volunteer Maura applied bandages to Hani’s eye. He then earned a new nickname around the centre: Pirate!

Join the Big Knit for Vet Kit today to get your Duncan the Donkey pattern

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