A donkey which was stranded in floodwater is recovering after a rowing club member rescued him in Ireland.

The animal escaped from its stable in Killorglin, Co Kerry, on Saturday night after bad weather damaged the gate.

The donkey was found stranded in a field the next morning, surrounded by deep flood water, after a river overflowed its banks nearby.

After getting a call from his owner, Animal Heaven Animal Rescue appealed for help to rescue the donkey.

Mike Fleming, a member of Killorglin Rowing Club, found out and with a team of rescuers from the animal shelter, managed to get a rope and buoyancy aid around the donkey before pulling him to land.

A spokeswoman for Animal Heaven Animal Rescue said the donkey, which has been called Mike after his rescuer, is recovering at the animal shelter while his stable is repaired.

Suzanne Gibbons, founder of the shelter, said: "He is now dried with towels, eating a hot mash, all cosy and warm and our vet has seen him and started him on antibiotics to prevent pneumonia.

"He has a small bit of fluid in one lung but our vet said he will recover. All he needs is loads of TLC."

Photos source: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue Facebook

Responses to "Donkey Smiles From Ear To Ear After Being Rescued"

  1. Wonderful Thank you

  2. Unknown says:

    Great rescue, great story. Mike the donkey was so calm, but then again, we've learned from our own long-eared ones just how intelligent they are.

  3. K says:

    Love a story with a happy ending! The video is priceless! LOL

  4. Unknown says:

    I love you guys!!!

  5. Unknown says:

    Donkeys and mules seem to figure things out before horses do. Just smart and adorable.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Excellent rescue. Congrats to all.

  7. Wonderful donkey smile! We smile too! Thanks for the rescue and the great photos! HURRAH!

  8. Unknown says:

    This is still a world I love.

  9. Thank God for good people such as these people are.

  10. Unknown says:

    Thank You and God Bless All of You.

  11. Unknown says:

    HEROES all - thank you for saving an innocent life.... If the world was filled with more people like you - it would NOT look like it does today... Thank you - BE BLESSED - joy, love, light and magic heroes!!!

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