The Donkey Sanctuary rescued a pregnant mare that was abandoned in extremely poor conditions in January 2015. On July 12th Eren gave birth to a very special foal in the safety of The Donkey Sanctuary.
In January 2015 Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin responded to an urgent call about three donkeys that had been abandoned in a remote field with no access to grazing or shelter.
Due to the awful weather conditions, torrential rain, high winds and low temperatures transport was immediately arranged to collect these vulnerable donkeys and bring them to safety. On arrival Cathy found an adult stallion (Bryan), a mare (Eren) and her young filly (Allie) huddled under a bare hedge desperately trying to find shelter from the lashing rain. The donkeys were in visible need.
Cathy actioned a plan bringing the local authorities, the Gardaí and some helpful local workmen together to help three abandoned donkeys find their way out of the storm and in to the safety and warmth of the Sanctuary.
Eren, Allie and Bryan were welcomed into their new residence in Liscarroll where they enjoyed warm, dry bedding and an abundance of nourishing food. The family of three were examined by the Veterinary staff and it was apparent that Eren was in foal, despite the fact that she had a foal at foot.
The three donkeys began to thrive and gained weight. Eren was monitored closely as the months passed she began to bloom.
On July 12th Eren gave birth to a stunning, colt foal that looked the picture of health at first. It was not long before the experienced veterinary team realized that this baby foal was born completely blind.
He was christened Bocelli after the Italian classic tenor Andrea Bocelli. Andrea is renowned for his talent, strength and courage therefore it seemed an appropriate name for this little fighter.
Provisions are being put in place by The Donkey Sanctuary to ensure that Bocelli will have the most fulfilling life possible; you can help to ensure Bocelli’s health and happiness by making a donation.
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