This poor little donkey was left for dead. But when one donkey lover found out about his plight, she gave him a loving home for life.
Daithi Beag was one of two foals abandoned on a dumping ground. Tied to a tree, without food or shelter, they didn't stand a chance.
With the temperatures plummeting, the pair were forgotten about and just left to cope alone with the horrendous winter storms.
Sadly, by the time we were alerted to their plight, Daithi's helpless forgotten friend had not been strong enough to survive his horrendous ordeal.
Daithi was starving and traumatised, but we found him just in time.
The abandoned foal captured the heart of one of our Irish guardian owners Siobhain, who immediately picked up the phone to find out if he was available for rehoming.
Siobhain very kindly offered to give him a loving home alongside her existing two guardian donkeys Irene and Rua.
The Sanctuary team were aware that Daithi Beag suffered from an overshot jaw, also known as ‘parrot mouth’, following several dental examinations and treatments. This condition occurs when the top incisor teeth's front edge is further forward than that of the lower teeth, requiring more than a standard annual dental check for Daithi - a big commitment for any prospective guardian home to take on.
After many discussions and phone calls, delivery day finally arrived five months later and as the saying goes 'All good things do come to those who wait.'
Ian Colton, our local Donkey welfare adviser, was on site for the delivery of Daithi Beag and to ensure that the young donkey settled in well with new companions Irene and Rua. Ian will continue to monitor this home and offer ongoing advice as needed.
Eugene Butler, who also works at The Donkey Sanctuary, was delighted to be able deliver Daithi Beag to his fabulous new home and family. This was very much a different scenario from when he collected him in such a sad and compromised state.
The family are absolutely "over the moon" with little Daithi. He has settled in well with his new companions and all three donkeys are now guaranteed a very bright future ahead of them.
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