Mother’s Day with Pedro the Donkey


Happy Mum’s day to all my lovely Mum’s..those with kids and those with furry kids..makes no difference as the care love and devotion is the same.. Today i was going to get brekky in bed..Phil came in and said he had a call out with the SES..he was sorry..i shoved him out the door. No i was not angry at all i was anxious he go..you see the call out was for our neighbour down the back and the call out was for a Donkey stuck in a ravine! Off he went.. I have always seen these beautiful Donkey’s as i wander my property..sometimes they come close and i see their sweet faces, i had never met their person. First some pictures hubby took at the scene ..which is right down the back of the abutting property..the Donkey.. Pedro the Nubian Burro..had a some stage either last night or early this morning had gotten stuck and could not get out..he was firmly wedged and was clearly needing help, so his person Alison rang the SES. Last night and today have been very cold and a high wind chill which had a sheep graziers alert so conditions pretty rotten for a poor guy stuck!

Finally out Pedro is comforted by the boys

Finally out Pedro is comforted by the boys

The ravine where Pedro was stuck fast

The ravine where Pedro was stuck fast

A warm coat or two

A warm coat or two

Pedro can't get up

Pedro can’t get up

Poor sweetie clearly pooped

Poor sweetie clearly pooped

Decision was made with consult from vet to keep him warm and see if he got up on his own

Decision was made with consult from vet to keep him warm and see if he got up on his own

While this was happening i watched from our hill..

The team helping Pedro

The team helping Pedro

When hubby got back he filled me in on things..he had been called out at 11.00am and it was now after lunch and Pedro was out but still down..his person Alison had said to feel free to come over and check on him ..so at about 2 we headed over..climbed a few barbed wire fences and met up with Alison..what a lady..she has 6 donkeys..all rescues…Pedro is in his 40’s! and was a sweet as can be..did not complain one bit..we talked and tried all of us to get him up..we coaxed..we rocked him ..moved his legs..rubbed him down and he tried a few times but no..so we needed some back up..he could not stay where he was as foxes would have a go at him at night..and despite SES putting a three sided marquee up he needed to be in his barn…but how..he weighs in at about 300kg ..so Phil and i stayed with Pedro while Alison went back to her house to try and get some reinforcements.

Sweet Pedro

Sweet Pedro

Phil giving him a chin scritch

Phil giving him a chin scritch

Letting Pedro lean on him

Letting Pedro lean on him

Pedro this afternoon still not up

Pedro this afternoon still not up

Such a gorgeous boy

Such a gorgeous boy

Reinforcements arrived..some neighbours..85 year old Mel..and young Russel..we tried this time to get ropes behind Pedro’s bum and help him up..almost..but he was super weak..at this time i rubbed under his mouth and saw what looked like blood but wasn’t…Alison and i were stumped as to what was going on…then she remembered she had been giving him purple carrots..so purple tinged dribble…phew..we tried again..he rolled to the other side but no more..we had no way of getting 300kg of Donkey anywhere fast..so James was called..he arrived with his tractor.. Phil told us all that this morning they had moved Pedro by laying rugs down and getting him on those then pulling..so we got his rugs down managed somehow to get it under him..we all developed muscles today..and then we counted and slowly got him on to the tractor..with one person making sure his front legs were not caught up..he was tied securely to the tractor and off we slowly went..Alison on the tractor with Pedro and Phil on the other side keeping his hand on him…

On the tractor..a tired Pedro

On the tractor..a tired Pedro

Securely tied

Securely tied

Ready to go..up the hill to the house and down then to the barn

Ready to go..up the hill to the house and down then to the barn

Alison makes sure her boy is calm

Alison makes sure her boy is calm

Pedro's trip begins..with Mel Russel and I behind keeping an eye on any issues

Pedro’s trip begins..with Mel Russell and I behind keeping an eye on any issues

Pedro was so good..a few times we stopped concerned he was about to move

Pedro was so good..a few times we stopped concerned he was about to move

Pedro is back and his mates are glad to see him

Pedro is back and his mates are glad to see him

Alison keeps Pedro calm as we get ready to get him off the tractor

Alison keeps Pedro calm as we get ready to get him off the tractor

It's ok mate

It’s ok mate

Pedro still behaves like a perfect gentleman waiting

Pedro still behaves like a perfect gentleman waiting

Back on the ground and with blankets on Pedro is back in his barn

Back on the ground and with blankets on Pedro is back in his barn

Two of Pedro's mates are watching us

Two of Pedro’s mates are watching us

We left Alisons at about 5 a few more barbed wire fences to climb and Pedro had still not gotten up..anyone who knows animals such as donkey’s horses and sheep knows they have to get up..they can be in terrible trouble if they don’t.. Alison is on her own her two daughters live in England and she was so grateful that her call to the SES was answered quickly. We asked her to please let us know how sweet Pedro goes..she hugged us both and we have found a new friend and animal lover right on our doorstep.Bob the team leader from the SES rang her while we were there to check on Pedro..the ‘job’ is never just the job..and all of the crew have done a great job getting this guy safely from his dilemma..Alison said she was going to contact the newspaper because she could not believe how respectful the men all were of her boy.. It has to be said that Pedro still has a fight on his hooves…if he does not get up it will sadly be a sad outcome..as Alison said she does not want to keep him frightened and in pain just to save her from being sad..he needs to get up as a ruminant he must move.. So my Mother’s Day wish is that he gets up..and get’s moving..i have only just met him but those hours spent talking to him and scratching behind his ears and massaging him i fell for him big time! Please all send you positive thoughts to this senior Donkey who has the nature of an angel ..like i said mothering is about caring and love..no matter what or who your ‘kids’ are…

Breaks your heart when you can't help them

Breaks your heart when you can’t help them

69 thoughts on “Mother’s Day with Pedro the Donkey

  1. Poor sweet Pedro and THANK GOD for the SES and all of you! I’m sure poor old Pedro was well and truly exhausted by the time help arrived….perhaps struggling for so long just did him in and maybe even caused some injuries to his old legs. Bless him and bless all of you………I’m praying that this story has a happy ending and that Pedro is able to rally and stand up. If not, it won’t be because he was all alone and nobody cared – he will have had the help of so many and the love of his Mum who got help for him when he needed it most.

    Hugs, Pam (and Sam)

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    • Thanks Pam…we think his legs must be super tired and cold just like us if we sit too long..we are all hoping his other mates will get him wanting to get up..he was tired but still quite alert…Phil dreaded the call out as to what may happen..he can handle many things but these things get to him and few other members who can’t do animal call outs.I was super proud as i watched Phil and his team in the pouring rain from the hill..and i was so worried for Pedro…if he does not get up it is not from lack of trying and he has so much love around him..such a sweetie..a very special way to spend my day i think..one mum with another trying to help out ..Hugs and Loves Bev xx

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      • You have so many reasons to be proud of Phil….but certainly the rescues – human or otherwise are a BIGGIE. Anyway, let’s hope Pedro’s buddies can motivate him to give it another try to stand…….we’re sending him all our spare energy!!!

        Hugs, Pam

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        • Pam thanks i bet he will feel it..i hope so..i think we are all pulling for him here 🙂 and yes the rescues are tough..so super proud..he even rescued me from a leaking fridge tonight….urghhhh Hugs Bev xx

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    • Thnaks sweets..we do tooo..poor darlin..was so proud of Hubby and his crew..usually harder than other call outs because we all love animals 😦 i will update all when i hear from his mum 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxx

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    • Easy we hope he fights too..he seemed very alert still and we rubbed his legs to warm them but he was still cold where he had been laying..Phil said he was truly wedged in that ravine and it took the six men still quite a bit to get him out…what better way to spend a day than by helping…xxx

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  2. Bev, those are such great pix of Pedro…he seems like such a gentle soul. I hope he gets up but if not, he is at least home and isn’t all by himself in a ravine. Thanks for the story.

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    • I agree home and surrounded by friends..we hope his mates get him up and moving…he was such a gentle soul and Alison said he is a regular at the church Easter parades and lets the kids juts sit under him and never a complaint..i hope he i ok..will know tomorrow 🙂 xx

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    • Annie thankyou we did and he was very calm which was a huge help as you can well imagine..a kick from him would have been a real worry..i will find out tomorrow..he is in his stable and the other donkeys will keep any foxes away from him ..he needs to get up!! xxx

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    • Bacon thanks…we do too..such a big day for him..poor sweetheart..but we all did the best we could..crossing everything we hear good news ! loves Fozziemum xx

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    • Frankie and Ernie thank you we sure hope he feels the love..what a sweetie he is and we tried our best so everything crossed here too..will find out tomorrow..Happy Mothers Day to your sweet Mum too loves Fozziemum xxxx

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    • Thanks Genevieve we are rooting for him..such a sweet and gentle boy..just took the wrong turn..we did all we could and now it is up to Pedro….bless him 🙂 xx

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    • The SES are always there even for animals so are our fire guys..the tent was great to keep him sheltered as he was not moving they hoped he may just get up and decided to keep him warm and fed and watered until he could,..but the foxes are everwhere and he would not be safe there..it was a big thing and we struggled but we got him on that tractor and to safety..all up to him now so i hope i hear good news tomorrow..breaks your heart that sweet face..and a huge Happy Mothers day to you to sweets xx

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    • Thankyou Ellen..sadly Pedro still is not up this morning..his Mum has had to make that tough decision we all hate..poor old sweetie..we are awfully upset..hubby taking it really hard..

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    • Sweeties sadly i have heard this morning that Alison has had to make the decision to let Pedro go. He did not get up all night…we are pretty sad this morning..hubby taking it super hard 😦

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    • Sadly the poor old darling did not get up..his Mum making the tough call to do the right thing by him and let him go peacefully..we are all so sad we could not help him more 😦

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    • He is old sweeties and they can like sheep give up..his legs were not damaged as far as we all could see but he had been very badly wedged possibly overnight and so at his age stiffened up..we tried everything but this morning news came in he still did not get up..if rumniants (mulit tummied animals) do not get up they get awful pain and problems with their tummies which will kill them..the decision was made sadly by Alison to help Pedro over the bridge..we are all very upset..we tried and sadly Pedro had no more to give 😦 loves Fozziemum xxx

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  3. Poor Pedro. We are so sorry that this did not end as we were all hoping and praying. Bev, please thank Phil and his crew for us for all their efforts, and give his Mum some hugs from us. 😦

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  4. Oh, poor Pedro!!!! I am so very sorry to hears this. What a brave and valiant effort by Phil and the boys. It is heartbreaking when you do all the right things and it doesn’t end the way you hoped. Give Pedro’s Moms lots of hugs and tell her how very sorry we are.
    What a great thing your Man does
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    • Ruby i agree …Phil is so upset as am i..we spent all day with this darling and his Mum damn…i will pass on your loves sweetie..i am having a sad day now 😦 xxxx

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  5. Crikey ……. I’m awful sad too!!! Thank goodness for the SES. At least, thankyou to all of your efforts, he spent his final hours warm and safe and among his family and friends. It seems to me you have made a new and very special friend too. RIP dear Pedro …

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    • I know Charlie i am very sad today…and you are right he had love and warmth and his donkey friends and his Mum…so unfair poor sweetie..i fell for him…but i met his mum and will stay in contact…i hope to get to meet Pedros mates..R.I.P little Pedro xxx

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  6. Aww, I am so sad to hear that he did not pull through. What an amazingly long life and surrounded by loving friends. It’s really what we all want when the time comes to leave this world. Bless you and your husband for helping. ♥

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    • Thanks M.K we are so sad we could not get him up..he was well loved and a rescue so spent his days being spoilt..i am sure Alison is heart broken,.i will print the best pic i took and frame it for her and pop around next week when things have calmed…<3 ❤ BEV

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  7. Awww sweet boy and sending prayers and good vibes his way. What wonderful people you all are to help this sweet boy get home.

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  8. Oh t hat is so sad about Pedro. What a wonderful group of people to help wit Pedro and get him back to the barn etc and give him all that love. He could have had terrible arthritis and that being wedged just made him to sore to stand up. I had a donkey once that got arthritis so bad, she couldn’t get up. Thanks for thise story even though it had such a sad ending.

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    • It is sad but now everyone knows a bit more about beautiful Pedro..he may indeed have had bad arthritis..we rubbed and rubbed his little legs as they were so cold and wet..we spoke gently to him and let him know he was a good boy and that we all were trying to help..it was a long day but he had an even longer day..i know his Mum is shattered but he had a beautiful loving home and he was with his donkey friends…bless him..he will be remembered always by me..as many animals are.xxx

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  9. So very sorry to hear the outcome about dear sweet Pedro. We were all rooting for him. It’s always so hard to lose a sweetie like this little fella. I’m sure he knew he was well loved and cared about by you, your husband and his mum. Hugs and puppy kisses to you all. ❤

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  10. Bev, I already know the outcome of this, my sincerest to your friend Alison, praises to EVERYONE who helped; may God bless you all tenfold….Pedro knows you all tried your very very very best; he knows he was and always will be loved. I am truly sorry ♥♥♥ Laura

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    • Laura thankyou..a rough outcome but not unexpected..he was a sweet old timer and so gentle..i had a lovely talk to him and gave him as many rubs and massages as he wanted..his sweet face will be always with me..i hope he took the love with him on his journey..loves BEV ❤ ❤ ❤

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