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Animal charity rescues very grateful donkey from floodwater in Kerry

The charity’s founder had issued a plea for help earlier today so she could reach the stranded animal.

AN ANIMAL RESCUE charity in Kerry managed to save a donkey that was stuck in deep floodwater today.

In the early afternoon, founder of Animal Heaven Animal Rescue Suzanne Gibbons posted a desperate plea for help on its Facebook page, saying a donkey was stranded in the water in Kilorglin and she needed a boat and some men to help.

She had been contacted for help by the donkey’s owner after the storm blew down a gate in the animal’s field and he escaped and got into trouble.

Not long afterwards, she confirmed she had a boat and, along with two local men, she reached the donkey and they managed to tow him back to the shore.

Source: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue via Facebook

Back on dry land, everyone was delighted about their success – particularly the donkey which smiled for the camera:

Source: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue via Facebook

Source: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue via Facebook

“Never say something can’t be done, just do it. Declan and Mike were beyond brave. So many people told me ‘don’t do it, it can’t be done, you can’t swim, you’ll get killed. These two men just said ok girl, let’s give it a go,” Gibbons said in a Facebook post afterwards.

Source: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue via Facedbook

The donkey, which has been named Mike after one of his rescuers, is now dried, has been given some lovely hot mash to eat and is wrapped up all cosy at the AHAR centre. A vet has already been to see him and he has been started on a course of antibiotics to prevent pneumonia.

He will be going back to his owner once he is fully recovered and the storm damage in his field is repaired.

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