In endless remembrance of

Joseph

A few days ago we received a call from the local police in the early morning asking for our help because a poor donkey had been hit by a car and left stranded and wounded. The police had noticed him standing by the busy roadside in the Arab town of Qalansuwa and were concerned he could cause another road traffic accident.
They told us they had tried to call a few different organizations for help but nobody had answered but fortunately they were then given our number.
That poor little donkey had already been there for a few hours according to somebody who had seen him at dawn. He had lost a fair amount of blood and was bleeding from his nose, he also had various cuts on his body as well as above his eye and he was dehydrated. 
All we wanted was to get him away from there back to the safety of our sanctuary and although we’d already given him a painkiller we wanted to examine and treat him.

Just as we were loading him to transport him home, a passerby watching us, told us that there was another injured donkey lying by the side of the road further along.
We went to look and found him in a heap on the hot, dusty ground while cars roared past...I always ask myself in these situations how it’s possible that anybody could see him and not stop to at least comfort him and give him some water.
I desperately wanted to give him a chance and take him back to our sanctuary even for a few days of love, carrots and peace - but he was suffering and must have been in so much pain. He was cut and his left front leg was hanging as it had broken and bone was protruding on his left back leg. it would not have been fair to put him through the immense stress of trying to get him into the horse trailer when he couldn’t even walk or hold himself up for more than a few seconds. It was deeply sad, his beautiful sad eyes said all that needed to be said.
When he did struggle to get up, he couldn’t stay up and could not work out how to get back down again and so he literally collapsed. We have him some fresh cool water and some grass and our vet came to euthanize him... He went quickly and peacefully 
♥️.

28.05.2019, Lucy Fensom