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Working Animals Come To Life On Pancake Day

10 months ago

13th February, 2018 13h44


Millions of Britons will tuck into pancakes today – but animal welfare charity SPANA is going one ‘batter’ after collaborating with an internationally-renowned pancake artist.

SPANA, which provides free veterinary care to working animals in developing countries, has partnered with Dancakes – aka St Louis resident Daniel Drake – to create picture-perfect pancake portraits of a working donkey, elephant and camel, just in time for Pancake Day.

The time-lapse videos showing the making of SPANA’s edible Shrove Tuesday treats have made a splash on social media amongst the charity’s supporters.

The three pancake portraits, featuring a donkey, an elephant and the SPANA logo, have been created to raise awareness of the charity’s work protecting the welfare of working animals, which are relied upon by some of the poorest communities in the world.

The pancakes are drawn freehand by Dancakes, directly onto a frying pan, using squeezy bottles of coloured batter.

Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of SPANA, said: ‘The skill involved in creating this edible art is quite extraordinary to watch – but we hope it will also give working animals the recognition they deserve this Pancake Day.

‘Globally, more than a billion people rely on working animals, such as donkeys, elephants, horses and camels, for their livelihoods. Unlike us, these animals don’t get to enjoy little luxuries. They endure incredibly tough working lives, often without the food, rest and vital veterinary care they need.

‘While families up and down the country have fun and tuck into their pancakes today, it’s important to remember the animals and people around the world that aren’t so fortunate.’

The videos can be viewed at or on You Tube.

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