You may recall reading about three donkeys that were rescued from a remote forest in Cavan last year, two of which were heavily in foal. Lucy the dark brown mare had notably long, twisted hooves that made walking painful and difficult for her. We moved quickly to address her overgrown hooves and initiated a diet and management regime suitable for her condition.
We are very pleased to report that Lucy has foaled a very healthy filly foal which we have called Bluebell after she arrived late last Wednesday evening. Her carer was thankfully making a last evening check on Lucy and found her beginning to foal and was able to assist to ensure all went smoothly. Within an hour, both Lucy and Bluebell were on their feet, with Bluebell receiving her important first drink of colostrum milk. Lucy has proved to be a very kind and caring mother while Bluebell is full of all the joys of life, running circles around her mum, interested and inquisitive.
Lucy McGovern, the lady who discovered all three donkeys recently said: "I’m so glad I called The Donkey Sanctuary back in November. Can you imagine these lovely creatures trying to survive up a cold forest mountain? I’m so happy we found them. The Donkey Sanctuary does wonderful work. Don’t ever stop". Lucy McGovern is planning to visit both donkeys once the second foal belonging to Carol is born.
True to The Donkey Sanctuary’s commitment both Lucy and her foal are now provided sanctuary for life. Without the intervention of the Sanctuary Lucy would have foaled in a remote forest, uncared for, unattended, contending with the bitterly cold elements that nature would subject her to.