A donkey foal has been rescued after being tied to a skip and left for dead at a horse fair in Ireland.
The foal, who was just five months old, was abandoned at Galbally Fair in Limerick.
He has since been named Baxter, and taken into The Donkey Sanctuary’s care in Cork.
Welfare Adviser Katie Reed, who responded to the call by Limerick Animal Welfare, and arrived to find the foal tied to a skip, said: “This poor little foal was very distressed, standing in the rain and all tied up in ropes. He was very clearly frightened having been separated from his mum at such a young age and left all alone.
“I’m relieved we could help and he’s now safe in our care and will hopefully make a full recovery. Fortunately he was abandoned in a public place and was spotted in the nick of time.”
The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork is grateful to Limerick Animal Welfare for their help in this rescue. The Donkey Sanctuary has rescued 486 abandoned donkeys in Ireland between 2011 and 2013.
Since The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland was founded in 1987 it has rescued over 4,200 donkeys and grown to be the largest equine charity in Ireland. For more information visit: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie/