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




7 thoughts on “CHAPLIN’S GOOD LUCK”

  1. Having met Chaplin on Sunday (what a darling, delightful donkey he is), and knowing he came from a background of abuse, I am so relieved to hear that he is doing well. I wonder who was using the shotgun and for what purposes? I suspect to shoot some other poor animal. This makes me terribly sad. When will mankind come to respect and appreciate that animals have a right to life just as much as people do.

  2. Oh wow, that is really shocking. Chaplin truly is a lucky donkey! I hope he has a speedy recovery from his injury.

    I’m looking forward to possibly meeting Chaplin next week when I get to visit the Donkey Sanctuary for the first time.

  3. Hi Sandra et al:
    Your release on Chaplin is very interesting indeed. We were at the Sanctuary last Wed May 25th and spent some time with Chaplin and I asked one of the volunteers what the marks were because they did not look like bites and there were two one on each side of the neck at the same height. She did not know at that time but said she would draw it to the Sanctuary’s attention.

    Hearing that Chaplin had indeed suffered this scary injury really DOES show how fragile life is, and the fact that he is still standing there to tell the tale is wonderful. We lost our hearts to Chaplin and rejoice in the fact that the mystery is cleared up and he is fine.

    Thanking you all for what you do every day for these wonderful equines and a special “Hi” to Chaplin…

    P.S. Hoping Summer’s abscess is clearing up, as we hope to see her freeranging the property very soon…

    1. Hi Judith-Anne: Chaplin sends his very best. He LOVES this heat and he is becoming quite the greeter on Open Days. Thank you for your kind words, our staff and volunteers are wonderful, indeed.

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