The Donkey Sanctuary has rescued a ‘slashed’ mare and foal and given them safety at its clinic in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya.
The mare was ‘slashed’ by what seems to have been a machete, perhaps for wandering onto a farmers’ land and for eating their crops.
She was left seriously injured with a deep gash to her hind leg which left her lame and in pain and at risk whilst she was also heavily pregnant.
Luckily her owner took her to The Donkey Sanctuary’s small clinic on the island, which was established by the charity’s founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, in 1985, where the mare was looked after until she gave birth to a beautiful bonny foal earlier this week.
Her colt has long striped legs like a zebra, big wide eyes and a relaxed attitude to life. Alex Mayers, from The Donkey Sanctuary’s international team, said he was delighted to see him enjoying life in the comfort of the sanctuary oblivious to the trauma his mum had suffered.
He said: “I’m happy that the team could offer the mare the care she needed to recover from her wound and deliver her foal in safety. She was at risk of infection at a time when she was most vulnerable, as well as permanent lameness due to damage to the tendon. I can’t help wondering what would have become of the foal and his mum had it not been for the care she received over the past few weeks.”
Once the mare is fully recovered she and her son will return to their owner’s care, where they will be kept in a safe area at night to prevent further attacks.
On the island of Lamu donkeys are the main means of transport and most roam free at night.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s team is working with the community to find ways to keep donkeys safe at night, including consulting the island’s Governor, Issa Timamy, on the matter.
The Donkey Sanctuary in Lamu acts as a clinic for donkeys in need and extends donkey welfare education to the community. It does not offer permanent sanctuary to donkeys. To read Alex Mayer’s full blog, visit http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/blog/arriving-lamu-sanctuary