Donkey and foal in SPANA stables

A dramatic donkey rescue took place at our SPANA centre in Jordan earlier this year.

A severe snowstorm hit the capital Amman in January, taking everyone by surprise. During the night, the SPANA Jordan country director, Dr Ghazi, received an urgent phone call about a donkey that had been spotted outdoors and alone in the middle of the storm. He was very concerned as temperatures had dropped suddenly to -5˚C.

The SPANA team assembled and set off in their vehicle to find the donkey. Much like for humans, being exposed to freezing temperatures for a prolonged period can be very serious for donkeys, with a very real risk of frostbite, hypothermia, and ultimately fatal consequences.

Dark brown donkey in blue-walled stable, eating hay with its dark brown foalThe driving snow made the search difficult, but it was a huge relief when the team eventually found the donkey. They rushed the animal – which they fittingly named “Snowy” – back to the SPANA centre in Wadi Al-Seer, where a warm and dry stable with food was waiting for her.

Fortunately, the initial examination by SPANA vets was reassuring and they felt confident she would recover from her ordeal.

However, a further surprise was in store – the team discovered that Snowy was pregnant. Snowy recuperated at the SPANA centre over the next couple of months and the team were thrilled when she gave birth to a healthy little foal, named “Snowball”, in March.

Snowy’s owner could not be found, but happily a new home was found for the pair, with a responsible local animal owner well known to SPANA.

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