A happy ending for abandoned donkeys
A pair of abandoned donkeys, rescued when they were running free near the A47 near Narborough, are now leading a happy life at the other end of the country.
The mare and foal, named Abbie and Timmy, were spotted in a field near the busy dual-carriageway last year with just a thin hedge separating them from the fast-moving traffic.
The landowner contacted a welfare charity and the pair were rounded up by The Donkey Sanctuary.
Sue Field, welfare adviser from The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “It was vital to move very quickly, both for the sake of the donkeys, and to reduce the potential of a major incident on what is a very busy road.
"No donkeys were reported missing and the landowner was unable to keep them so they were taken to the sanctuary's international headquarters in Devon.
“What made this rescue particularly unusual was that both the donkeys were found in reasonable condition, and were generally healthy with no signs of illness. It remains a mystery as to why and how they ended up in this situation.”