Three abandoned and starving donkeys have this week been rescued from a swamp in County Cork by The Donkey Sanctuary.
Two female donkeys and a six month-old foal were found near the bodies of two stallion donkeys who had died from a combination of starvation and exposure to the freezing temperatures.
The donkeys were rescued on Friday after a hill walker reported them to The Donkey Sanctuary who, with the help of Gardai and a local vet, have brought the three donkeys to safety.
Head of operations for The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland, Noel Carton, says: “We were shocked to find these starving, freezing and terrified donkeys in such desperate conditions. They would have endured temperatures as low as -5 in the preceding few weeks and although these three donkeys have somehow managed to survive on the sparse vegetation from the swamp, the two stallions died tragically from sheer exposure to the elements.”
The Donkeys were taken to a holding base to receive the emergency veterinary treatment they need and build some strength while they wait for space to become available at The Donkey Sanctuary’s Irish headquarters at Liscarroll. With unprecedented numbers of donkeys being abandoned during 2012, the Sanctuary desperately needs support to enable them to continue their work across Ireland.