Donkey art goes for 200zł a pop as animals turn their noses to painting to raise cash for struggling sanctuary
A group of donkeys, ponies and horses are bringing out their creative side to produce paintings under a fun initiative launched by their animal sanctuary to help raise funds for its upkeep.
The animals, including a pair of ponies called Cheescake and Gingerbread, have taken on the role of abstract painters, to produce unique paintings for sale on the Centaurus Foundation’s website.
Instead of paintbrushes, the tools of choice are carrots dipped in vet-approved, non-toxic edible paint which the animals then use to produce the colourful artwork with their mouths and noses.
As they munch the paint-sodden carrots placed on canvases held by their keepers, the animals nudge the pieces to create the uniquely colourful patterns and designs spread across the canvas.
The initiative, entitled ‘Painted by Noses’ and run by the Centaurus Foundation, is selling the paintings to raise funds for oats, veterinary costs and the foundation’s future campaigns after the Coronavirus pandemic saw the foundation lose a number of its regular donors.
Alongside rectangular painted canvases, the bespoke collection includes horse-painted hearts ready as Valentine’s Day gifts for animal lovers.
The animal sanctuary in Szczedrzykowice, near Legnica, is home to 800 hooved animals as well as other animals including sheep, goats, cats and dogs and is the largest horse sanctuary in Europe, having rescued 1,100 horses over the last 14 years.
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