Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Animal Heaven Animal Rescue Founder Suzanne Gibbons was able to save the life of a donkey who was stranded by flood waters.
The donkey’s owner had contacted Gibbons and explained to her that the donkey was stuck in some flood waters in Kilorglin, Ireland after a storm blew down their gate allowing the donkey to escape.
Gibbons quickly took to social media to ask for help. She would need a boat, some strong men, and some rope.
It wasn’t long before people responded to her Facebook post saying that they had everything she needed to rescue the donkey.
“At first I couldn’t find anybody willing to help me go in because the river was flooding really badly,” Gibbons told BuzzFeed News. “But luckily, Mike Fleming of the Killorglin Rowing Club soon came to offer his help.”
Now it was time to save the donkey.
The donkey’s rescue was caught on video. They put a life preserver around his neck and attached it to a rope. The donkey was safely lead out of the flood waters and onto dry land.
“Never say something can’t be done, just do it. Declan and Mike were beyond brave,” said Gibbons, according to thejournal.ie. “So many people told me ‘don’t do it, it can’t be done, you can’t swim, you’ll get killed. These two men just said ok girl, let’s give it a go.”
Everyone was thrilled once they were back on dry land. But no one was more thrilled than that donkey.
You could see it all over his face… literally. The donkey, who was named Mike after one of his rescuers, flashed a huge smiled once he was in safe hands.
That smile ended up going viral and Mike’s story spread around the internet fast. Mike was dried off and taken to the rescue center where he was given a nice meal and got some rest.
He was also given some antibiotics to fend off pneumonia and other illnesses.
“We had a vet check him over because we were worried about him getting pneumonia and he slept under a heat lamp but he seems fine this morning,” Gibbons told BuzzFeed.
Mike was safe because of Gibbons’ bold move and the goodwill of some local people. And how about that smile!
You can watch Mike’s rescue and his viral smile below.
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