FLOOD APPEAL AND HAMPERED RESCUE OF HERBERT:
Now that unpreceedented floodwater has subsided, its time to count the toll. We lost stockyard panels, feeders and also lost many small items that were swept away as flood water reached phenominal heights taking rakes, shovels, stainless steel bowls, every salt and mineral lick block and each of these items and morecontainers we had stored grooming brushes, halters, leads and a variety of general medical supplies - all are necessary in every paddock our donkeys occupy all over the Hunter Valley.
It was stressful enough having restrictions to the day-to-day health checks, grooming and hay and straw deliveries to feeders in paddocks due to floodwater filled gullies and causeways, swamped bridges. But one extreme stress was trying to save a little donkey from slaughter - the rescue of Herbert.
Herbert is a 2-year-old donkey colt with a deformed left foreleg and he was destined for the slaughter house. DWWH was asked for assistance to transport him to the knackery. With the floodwater cutting him off from human access we had time on our side to negotiate with his owners to allow DWWH to take him into our care. The negotiations continued as the owners wanted him slaughtered because he is 'useless' with his deformity, plus he is entire and requires an expensive castration operation. Finally it was agreed that we take him into our care and get our veterinarian to make the decision as to whether he will have a happy life with his deformity if it can be relieved and well-managed. We await the vets visit soon.
As you can see Herbert has a long, twisted left front hoof. It requires months of specialist farrier attention to simply get him comfortable on that hoof, plus he may need surgery try to straighten the lower portion of the limb. Whatever the outcome he will always require more trimming on that hoof than normal.