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Rescued just in time for Valentine's Day - poor little hinny left to fend for herself

By Chris McCullough

Published 13/02/2016

Valentina was saved from a small strip of land near a busy road
Valentina was saved from a small strip of land near a busy road

A hinny has been rescued from dire conditions under a bridge on the A1 dual carriageway near Newry just in time for St Valentine's Day.

For those of you who don't know, a hinny is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey, and this one has been named Valentina for obvious reasons.

The rescue unfolded on Wednesday when the freezing animal was removed from muddy conditions by Templepatrick-based charity the Donkey Sanctuary.

The animal appeared to have been abandoned, and may have been there for several months.

Donkey welfare adviser Jane Bruce said: "She had virtually no grazing and was foraging amongst mere bushes and reeds in an effort to gain some small amount of sustenance. The strip of land where she had been abandoned had dangerous banks that dropped to a deep running ditch, and was exposed on all sides. When approached the mare was nervous, but, when caught, proved to have a kind, quiet disposition. She was appreciative of feed which enabled us to partly gain her trust for handling and assessment."

Valentina is now in the care of the Donkey Sanctuary and will undergo a veterinary examination.

  • You can help with Valentina's care by donating money via or text DONKEY to 50300 to donate €4

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