My recent visit to Lamu highlighted how important the island’s sanctuary is for sick and injured donkeys.
When a working donkey in Lamu needs extra care, medication or special food that they can’t get from their owners, The Donkey Sanctuary has the facilities to admit it to the clinic.
A couple of weeks ago, a donkey was brought to the clinic suffering from a slash-wound from a machete on its rear leg. The owner suspected that it had wandered onto someone’s smallholding in the night and was attacked by a farmer who was angry to see her eating his crops. The slash was deep enough to have caused some tendon problems for the donkey; as if this wasn’t bad enough, the donkey was also heavily pregnant. She was admitted and given the love, care and sanctuary that she needed to recover from her wound and to carry her foal to term.
Four days ago, she gave birth to a healthy, inquisitive and elegantly stripy-legged foal who is energetically exploring his temporary home before being given back to the owner when his mother, who is already walking normally, has fully recovered.
In future, both donkeys will stay in a holding area at night and more education work is planned with the community groups to reduce the number of attacks on donkeys. Whilst his mum had her dressing changed, this little chap seemed completely unperturbed and had a little snooze in the sand, followed by a curious inspection of his new friend from the UK. Chuckling at him exploring his world from his zebra-stilts, I couldn’t help wondering what would have become of him and his mum had it not been for the care she received over the past few weeks. I also secretly wondered whether anyone would mind if I just quietly snuck him back to the UK with me!