You may recall reading about our beautiful Daithi Beag who featured in our winter newsletter in November last year.
He had been found abandoned on dumping ground, pitifully existing alongside his dead companion.
Daithi Beag captured the heart of one of our guardian owners Siobhain who immediately picked up the phone to find out if he was available for rehoming. Siobhain very kindly offered to give him a loving home alongside her existing two guardian donkeys Irene and Rua. Siobhain’s daughter Ciara takes full responsible for the care of her existing two donkeys Irene and Rua whom she has looked after for the past five years from a very young age, full credit where credit is due and she loves them to bits.
The Sanctuary team were aware that Daithi Beag suffered from an overshot jaw, also known as ‘parrot mouth’, following several dental examinations and treatments. This condition occurs when the top incisor teeth's front edge is further forward than that of the lower teeth.
This would lead to more than a standard annual dental check so it would be a big commitment for any prospective guardian home to take on. Siobhain was still keen to take on Daithi Beag and the care surrounding his overshot jaw but was naturally concerned about the additional costs involved.
The Donkey Sanctuary agreed that it would assist with the additional dental costs allowing Daithi Beag the opportunity to live his life in this loving guardian home. After many discussions and phone calls, delivery day finally arrived five months later and as the saying goes 'All good things do come to those who wait.'
Ian Colton, our local Donkey welfare adviser, was on site for the delivery of Daithi Beag and to ensure that the young donkey settled in well with new companions Irene and Rua. Ian will continue to monitor this home and offer ongoing advice as needed.
Eugene Butler, who also works at The Donkey Sanctuary, was delighted to be able deliver Daithi Beag to his fabulous new home and family. This was very much a different scenario from when he collected him in such a sad and compromised state.
I spoke to Siobhain the day after Daith Beag's arrival and I am pleased to report that the family are absolutely ‘over the moon’ with little Daithi. He has settled in well with his new companions and all three donkeys are now guaranteed a very bright future ahead of them.