Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Newborn baby donkey in care after mother shot dead

May 5, 2009

Tiny donkey foal JB is fighting for his life after his mum was killed.

A baby donkey was believed to be only minutes old when its mother was shot in Florida.

The tiny white donkey, named JB, has been taken in by Panhandle Equine Rescue because his distraught owners were unable to give him the numerous feedings he requires daily.

The group reports that a man has been arrested after allegedly confessing to the shooting, which occurred in Escambia County, off Jacks Branch Road in Cantonment.

The shooting is believed to have occurred early on Sunday morning, when gunfire was heard.

The rescue group's president, Diane Lowery, told Horsetalk that JB was doing much better today.

"We hope that he will survive. It will be a week before we know," she says.

"He did not get enough colostrum through his mother."

She says JB was given some more as soon as possible and his supporters can now only hope that they caught it in time.

"He is such a sweet little boy," she says.

JB is showing a good appetite and appears to enjoy the milk replacement product, Foal Lac.

He is being fed every one to two hours.

Diane told Horsetalk that JB's mother had been light-coloured, like him. His colouring is natural and is not characterised by any disorders such as albinism.

Local news website, NorthEscambia.com, reports the arrest of a 17-year-old youth. It says the youth will be charged with cruelty to animals causing death, using a weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

Panhandle Equine Rescue says it would welcome any donations or sponsorship to help in the ongoing care of JB. More information: http://www.panhandleequinerescue.org/

Click title above for original article and more pics; http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/05/029.shtml

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