Just five days before Christmas, the sound of desperate braying alerted a member of the public to a donkey in distress. A donkey was stuck in a corner of a paddock and his brays were a cry for help, urgently calling to anyone who could save him.
This young donkey found near Buttevant in the Republic of Ireland was named Nollaig, Irish for Christmas, and he became the 3,654th donkey in Ireland to find love and compassion at our door. The rescue team was dismayed at what they found: a desperate looking donkey, with exposed patches of skin and painfully long hooves. Abandoned and with no shelter, Nollaig had suffered the scalding effects of wind and rain because donkeys do not have waterproof coats. He was also infested with lice and had scratched himself raw in several places trying to stop the itching. Saddest of all, Nollaig was marooned in a small area of the paddock, unable to negotiate his way into the field due to poor terrain and painful hooves.