This lovely donkey, Paddy OD, arrived at the Sanctuary in a dreadful condition. His feet were appallingly overgrown and he had an untreated injury to his hind leg caused by a piece of wire that had become ingrown right down to the bone. It was painful for him to walk and he will now require our expert care and attention for the rest of his life.
A tale of two donkeys
This is the tale of two donkeys - Bullo and Abeba; two animals leading similar lives in Ethiopia, but whose fates were very different. Their stories, though heart rending at times, show just how much your support for The Donkey Sanctuary's work overseas transforms the lives of suffering animals, and of the people who depend on them for their own survival.
Please read on to hear two different stories about how your support is transforming lives.
Lying on the floor with her head laid gently on an old hessian sack, Abeba, named by her owner after the Ethiopian word for flower, was fighting for her life. Brought to our clinic in Debre Zeit by her owner, she had suffered a terrible ordeal. The day before, she had gone into labour. But when complications developed, her owner, in a desperate attempt to help her, had tried to deliver the foal himself by pulling it from her body. Tragically, his attempts to help only made things worse. The foal was still-born, and worse still, Abeba was now in grave danger too, as the act of removing her foal had caused serious internal damage.
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Mossie was found in a dreadful state. His hooves were severely overgrown and he was covered in mud.
Despite all this, his faith in humans hadn’t been lost. When our welfare team found him, he was so friendly and happy to see people - it was heart warming.
We often come across cases of neglect and Sam is no exception. At three years of age, Sam certainly had not had the best start in life. Rescued by our Sanctuary in Ireland he now has a Sanctuary for life.