MATILDA… RIP 20th May 2021.
THE GENTLE JENNY BECAME PART OF THE WELFARE WORK IN 1985 WHEN SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY TEN YEARS OLD.
During the daily, (traversing four neighbours’ properties, as the receding floodwater is still causing access difficulties), high-on-the-hill herd inspection on Tuesday, 18th May, it was noted that 46 year old Matilda was laying down more frequently and for a longer time than normal.
She was not labouring with her breathing, her temperature and heart rate were normal and she was bright enough within herself, enjoying all the extra attention and touch. She was tired and needed rest.
Wednesday, 19th May even more frequent time laying down was noted. Matilda was given pain relief and a plan was set to transport her to ICU. Not as simple as it sounds.
Matilda’s location was difficult to access by vehicle and considerable logistics were employed to get to her with a vehicle towing a float.
The hands-on, weekly team of volunteers were alerted for assistance. A sling was placed beneath the weaker Matilda. She was bodily lifted into the interior of the float and made comfortable for the half hour journey to ICU.
Sadly Matilda died peacefully, with dignity, that afternoon. She had pain relief, a comfortable bed of straw and the sun shining upon her through the stable door. She was buried shortly thereafter with all our love and gratitude for sharing her life so busily with us. She did not miss anything on any day.
Regardless of the weather, time of day, terrain or difficulty accessing a donkey in need, the volunteers undertake their roll to the utmost.
The volunteers rally and retain their dedication under the most stressful conditions. They are worthy of celebration for their every deed.