These photos show just a handful of the 17 abandoned donkeys we rescued from marshland in County Meath, Ireland during the mighty ‘Storm Desmond’ that hit in December last year.
Judging by the state of their extremely overgrown hooves, we suspect the donkeys had been living in boggy conditions for many months, if not years, scavenging for food and entirely exposed to the elements.
One pregnant mare, whom we named Breeze, had the most horrendously twisted hooves of them all and she was in so much pain just trying to walk.
Our teams swung into action, giving all 17 donkeys immediate refuge at our holding base, and the veterinary and farriery attention they needed.
Our staff and volunteers were on hand to give Storm Desmond the round-the-clock care he needed.
On the morning following the rescue we had a delivery of our very own ‘Storm Desmond’ when dear Breeze gave birth to a little colt.
Unfortunately, however, Breeze just didn’t seem to want to know Storm Desmond, and rejected him despite the best efforts of our staff to bring mother and baby together.
This is uncharacteristic behaviour for a donkey, but we think it’s due to the stressful conditions she lived in before her rescue.
Indeed, Breeze and the rest of the donkeys arrived in the nick of time, and thankfully our staff and volunteers were on hand to give Storm Desmond the round-the-clock care he needed.