Popular Island attraction the Isle of Wight Donkey is mourning the loss of one of its beloved donkeys.

Eric passed away peacefully yesterday (Tuesday).

The sanctuary, in Wroxall, said it was one of the "toughest" decisions staff have had to make.

Recently, Eric, who was in his 40s, had suffered from age-related conditions and was being closely monitored.

He had recurring abscesses in one of his hooves, and acute sores that were causing his health to deteriorate.

A statement from the sanctuary said: "He’s lived at the sanctuary for over 20 years and was always happy to have attention and scratches.

"Eric will be remembered fondly, with his friendly personality and gorgeous long fluffy ears."

He was surrounded by members of the yard team and one of his closest companions, Harvey.