A pair of young donkeys called Polar and Marko have this week been rescued in the Munster region from a lifetime of extreme neglect by The Donkey Sanctuary.
Following a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the donkeys’ welfare, Donkey Welfare Adviser (DWA) Katie Reed visited the home and was shocked by what she saw. Katie stated that “this neglect was not due to lack of money but lack of interest.”
It was evident that they had not been treated by a farrier in a number of years as their hooves were severely overgrown, twisted and painful. The bones protruded from their bodies and the lack of shelter meant that they were saturated to the skin. Katie urgently organised transport for the pair to The Donkey Sanctuary and contacted a vet to attend and treat the donkeys immediately.
Both donkeys approximately ten years old; Polar was the stronger of the two as poor Marko did not cope well with the level of neglect suffered and was in extreme discomfort. The attending vet administered pain relief to Marko in the hope of making his trip to the Sanctuary more comfortable.
The donkeys were given rugs to keep them warm and began their journey to The Donkey Sanctuary’s headquarters in Liscarroll. After just 10 minutes, Marko’s condition deteriorated and Katie called the vet back to the scene to see if he could be helped. Tragically, it was clear that Marko was in too much pain as a result of his neglect and the difficult decision had to be made to put him to sleep.
Polar then had to cope with the loss of his only companion and deal with the drastic change in his circumstances. When Polar arrived at the Sanctuary Katie said that “he didn't know what straw was and was afraid to walk into the barn. It is hard to comprehend that having a shelter over his head is such an alien concept for this ten year old donkey.” Polar is now receiving around the clock care, has been treated by the farrier, equine dentist and the Veterinary and farm teams are tending to his every need. To help with his recovery please consider making a donation.