Bram came to the Ezelshoeve Foundation, a donkey sanctuary in the Netherlands, in March 2014. He came along with three mares, from elderly owners who could not look after them properly. The good people at the sanctuary tried their hardest to nurse him back to health, but he didn’t improve. They had to make the decision to euthanize him. After Bram passed away, the other donkeys at the sanctuary began to make distressed noises and crowded around their friend’s body. The sanctuary’s founders are convinced that the donkeys were in mourning – stating that they have made the same noises (which is very different to their usual brays) after the passing of other companions. Perhaps the most heartbreaking moment of all, is when one of the devastated donkeys tries nipping at an unresponsive Bram in a bid to wake him.