The Donkey Sanctuary was alerted to the plight of a’ hinny’ (the offspring of a male horse stallion and a female donkey) which had been abandoned on a strip of land under a main dual carriageway in Northern Ireland. It is believed the small mare had been abandoned here for several months.
The mare which we named ‘Valentina’ was notably dejected, standing up to her fetlocks in mud and notably shivering as a result of the bitter driving wind and rain. She had virtually no grazing, foraging amongst mere ‘whin’ bushes and reeds in an effort to gain some small amount of sustenance. The strip of land where she had been abandoned had dangerous banks that dropped perilously to a deep running ditch and was exposed on all sides to the elements. When approached the mare was nervous and fearful but when caught proved to have a kind, quiet disposition. She was appreciative of feed which enabled us to partly gain her trust for handling and assessment.
Swift arrangements were made to remove her to the protection and care of the Donkey Sanctuary. Valentina will now undergo a veterinary examination, be prescribed a suitable diet and will receive consistent handling to enable her to fulfill her full potential.