MEET the rescue donkey making a name for herself by painting.
Patty lives at HorseWorld Visitor Centre in Bristol and is known for picking up anything around her with her mouth. After watching her handler Vicky Greenslade painting one day, Patty looked on intrigued - so they gave her a go. Amazingly, she was so skilled, Ms Greenslade decided to hone her talents and gave her an easel to try painting on. Patty took just three weeks to perfect her talent by being taught to paint properly with clicker training - a positive reinforcement technique. Ms Greenslade had used the training tool with Patty before to help her relax when they took her in at the rescue centre, so she knew it could work.
A paint-covered brush is put into her mouth and if she swipes it across a canvas, she gets a click in return to tell her she has done well. Ms Greenslade, 26, assistant manager at HorseWorld, said: ‘She’s a very mouthy donkey so she was very keen to put the paintbrush in her mouth. ‘I started by just getting Patty to hold the brush in her mouth but she soon learned to paint - it only took her around three weeks to get the hang of it. –Daily Mail