In December The Donkey Sanctuary received a call from concerned supporters regarding three abandoned donkeys wandering in a remote forest in Cavan. We reacted quickly to the call and we were joined by Sanctuary supporters, Carol and Lucy, who first spotted the donkeys.
Two of the donkeys proved to be young mares, heavily in foal, shivering from the relentless rain - both nervous and wary of being handled. The dark brown mare had grossly long hooves - the extra weight of carrying her foal was bearing down on her tendons and long heels, clearly she was uncomfortable shifting weight to manage the pain.
The second pregnant mare’s hooves were unkempt but would improve with a succession of trims, while the third donkey was a nervous but sprightly young male.
Since their rescue in December donkeys Lucy and Carol have received around the clock care and have recovered very well from a lifetime of neglect.
Thomas, Lucy and Carol visited the Sanctuary and were delighted to meet up with the two mares that they last saw standing in a dejected, cold and uncared for state. They remarked at how well they now looked, how their hooves now resembled ‘normal’ and how their situation had improved vastly. They likened it to a ‘fairy-tale ending’ for the donkeys. Both donkeys were name after ‘Lucy’ and ‘Carol’ who came to their aid.
The highlight of the visit included meeting the offspring of both mares – ‘Bluebell’ and ‘Teddy’ with both foals receiving an abundant amount of cuddles and hugs!
As always were are indebted to our supporters like Thomas, Lucy and Carol without whom our work would not be possible.