SPANA helps donkey trapped for seven days


As part of our ongoing emergency work in Morocco, SPANA came to the aid of a donkey who was left trapped and fighting for its life after the earthquake in Morocco.

brown donkey being rescued by team in orange suits

Imi N’Isli is one of the many villages that have been devastated by the Morocco earthquake in the Atlas Mountains. While visiting the area to administer emergency treatment and support to animals in need, our SPANA team learned of a donkey who was trapped in dangerous ruins. This donkey had been without water since the earthquake – over six days earlier. The building was pure rubble, with just a small area providing potential access – it was a perilous situation for the donkey, with collapse of the remaining building looking very likely.

brown donkey being checked by veterinary team after being rescued from underneath building

Fortunately, the UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team was in the village providing support. Upon completing essential paramedic help, they came to the donkey’s rescue. Following a very careful assessment, and extensive discussions with our SPANA vet team, a rescue plan was devised. Two hours later, the UK ISAR team, our vets and a very lucky donkey walked out on the ruins to a rapturous round of applause and was reunited with his relieved owner. SPANA cannot thank the UK ISAR team enough for their support.

The donkey received treatment from the SPANA team and a very large bucket of water – he will hopefully be around for many years now.

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