Baby donkey’s life-threatening injuries heal
On October 22, 2014, we rescued a precious baby donkey whose face was being eaten away by maggots. We suspect that he had been bitten by a dog and then flies had gathered around the bite-wound resulting in the maggots that are very prevalent here in India at this time of year. Donkey owners often let their donkeys free to graze, and so after being wounded the owners didn’t know that he was injured. His protective mother was with him, nursing him and watching him every moment, but of course she was able to do nothing to heal his wounds. We named the sweet little mama’s boy Benny.
Back at the shelter, we immediately cleaned the extensive wounds, removed the dozens of maggots, started him on antibiotics and pain killers and bandaged him up. In addition to the large wounds around his ear, he also had an abscess on the other side of his neck draining pus. We were worried that the abscess might have damaged his trachea but within two or three days it was clear that it had not and it, along with the other wounds was healing well.
Beyond his good fortune of getting rescued just in the nick of time, his biggest blessing was that we were able to rescue his mother along with him. When we rescue baby animals we are almost always able to bring their mothers with them, but once and a while we face a heartbreaking scenario where the baby is critically injured and needs extensive medical treatment, but the mother is too fearful and won’t let us come near to catch her.
Benny is his mom’s biggest fan and stays by her side always. After his daily treatments were finished, he would rush back to her side and nurse for an extra long time which he is doing in the above photograph.
Each day his wounds got smaller and smaller, and within just 3 weeks he was fully healed!