I am currently in Egypt filming for the Donkey Sanctuary 40th Anniversary DVD, being released next year, and I can’t tell you how emotional my first day out with one of the mobile clinics was.
We went to Meet Kenana yesterday - a rural town where donkeys are used by the locals for everyday transport. 44 donkeys were treated by the team including a number of donkeys who were literally starving to death. The team were able to make use of a new dental kit brought over by Rob Nichols, head of Overseas, who is also visiting and they made such a difference.
The donkeys would have died if they hadn't had their teeth rasped as they were unable to eat. Once Shabaan, one of the vets who works for our Egyptian project, rasped one donkey's teeth, the owner collected some feed and she 'scoffed' it down so quickly. It was incredibly upsetting afterwards as it hit home that she would have almost certainley died in the next week or so. Fortunately, we helped her in the nick of time.
The team are incredible and work so hard. They respect the donkey owners and vice versa - it is great to see.