Travelodge has revealed some of the weird and wonderful items left behind in their 582 hotels across the UK in 2022, including their six hotels in Dorset.

Some of the most bizarre items included two donkeys, a seagull and a gold-framed photo of Queen Elizabeth II.

The pair of donkeys, named Daisy and Duke, were left behind in Poole North Travelodge after being purchased locally by guests of the hotel.

The two donkeys were waiting to be transported to their new home in Kent in a horse box, when their owners left without them.

It wasn't long before the owners realised the mistake and came back for them.

The 2022 report revealed a high volume of royal and patriotic memorabilia being left behind at Travelodge hotels, with Poole Travelodge reporting a gold framed photograph of the late Queen being left behind.

Some other items reported in Dorset included:

A seagull in Bournemouth Travelodge

A framed Thomas Hardy poem in Christchurch Travelodge

A paddleboard and oar in Bournemouth Seafront Travelodge

A box of coloured silk dupattas (an Indian shawl) in Poole Travelodge

A kids ride-on electric BMW X5 in Poole North Travelodge.

A 4ft model gingerbread man in Christchurch Travelodge.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 580 UK Travelodge hotels, including our six hotels in Dorset, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind.

"During 2022, this included a pair of donkey’s called Daisy and Duke, a box of coloured silk dupattas (an Indian shawl) and a children’s ride-on electric BMW X5.

“Interestingly the 2022 lost and found audit also revealed that we are a nation striving for a healthy lifestyle as we have seen a significant rise in smart watches being left behind in our Travelodge hotels during the last 12 months. 

“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”