In April this year, we received a call from a lady called Barbara Bracken of the Donkey Society of Western Australia (Inc) asking for our veterinary expertise. Twin foals, named Donegan and Lonegan, had been born at their donkey stud but the younger of the two had developed Angular Limb Deformity (ALD) and needed an operation to correct his condition.
Through a campaign on the ABC Television series called "Can we help?" they were able to acquire the services of a vet from the veterinary teaching hospital in Perth.
After x-rays and an examination, Lonegan was fitted with casts on his problem front legs to help strengthen them. But this is only the beginning of his treatment, which is likely to be prolonged over three years while he grows and his legs develop.
Barbara has reported that little Lonegan is doing very well and was the star of the hospital, with many visitors and adoring fans!
On returning home after his leg casts were fitted, Lonegan was kept in a small area where he was gradually introduced back to his mother and twin brother.
He is now at the stage where his casts are checked daily and is taken out of his stable to see the outside world and will soon be allowed to go on small walks.
We would like to thank Barbara for her own generosity as we understand that any monies remaining in the bank after Lonegan's veterinary costs have been met, will be shared between two charities: The Donkey Sanctuary and The Princess Margaret Orthopaedic Department for the treatment of an underprivileged child/children.
If you would like to keep up with this brave little foal's progress, please visit the Little Lonegan website.