Chaplin, one of our spotted Standard donkeys, is just brimming with personality…….and good luck.
While she was grooming Chaplain one afternoon last week Ruth, a DSC volunteer, noticed as unusual looking lesion on the donkey’s neck. It was located on the side of the muscular crest that runs along the top. On closer examination the affected area turned out to be a perfect round opening: something had entered one side of the crest and exited cleanly on the other. Much conversation ensued among staff and volunteers about the nature of the wound and finally it was decided that a shot bullet had been the cause of the injury.
To say the least, everyone was stunned by this conclusion. Chaplin has always roamed in our fields with his donkey companions at all times of night and day in what we considered to be a safe, well-fenced environment. However could this have happened?
After our veterinarian confirmed the conclusion we called the police to report the incident. The Constable who was sent to the Farm as a result observed that, depending upon the size of the firearm, an unimpeded bullet can travel up to 3 miles in a straight line. ( In spite of that the person who shoots the bullet is responsible always for where it hits.) We could only surmise that this injuty was the result of a stray shot.
Chaplin is a most fortunate equine. The injury would have been severe had the bullet entered his body even half an inch lower than it did. Needless to say, we are all very relieved that no harm was done to this unsuspecting creature. At the same time, the incident is a shocking reminder that an accident which might change the course of one’s life is never far away.
Sandra Pady, Executive Director