Equine Rescue

Donkey Rescued From Flood Says Thank You With Toothiest Grin

by Cameron Keady as published in the HuffPost Good News

Feel Good Sunday ~ Better Late than Never!

smilingdonkeyDuring a storm on Sunday in Killorglin, Ireland, a donkey was caught up in floodwaters that nearly drowned him. But when a kind civilian stepped in to save the poor animal with a life ring and a motorboat, the donkey showed his appreciation with a big, toothy smile.

Suzanne Gibbons, founder of the nearby Animal Heaven Animal Rescue, posted a plea for help on the group’s Facebook page after getting a call that the animal was caught in the flood. Mike Fleming, a member of the local Killorglin rowing club, then responded to the post by heading out onto the waters with his boat and a ring in tow.

“He was my last chance and phone call to beg for a boat,” Gibbons wrote on AHAR’s Facebook page. “He listened and he drove down to meet me. I knew straight away he had the guts to do it.”

When the donkey was safely pulled to shore, he delivered his million-dollar smile to the rescue team. At this time, he was appropriately named “Mike” in honor of his hero.

Currently, Mike the donkey is recovering at AHAR until he is well enough to return to his owner. The group explained that the floodwaters had taken down the gate to Mike’s shed, causing him to escape, and his owner immediately called AHAR for assistance. With the exception of a bit of fluid in one of his lungs, the donkey will be back to health in no time. For now, he is enjoying being warm and cozy.

10 replies »

  1. Love that donkey grin!
    The Starfish Story –
    A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks. “Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.” “But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.” The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “IT MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THAT ONE.”


  2. Love this story and that precious life loving grin! Sends a message to everyone loud and clear. That donkey knows it was saved and is filled with the joy of it.

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