This brave little donkey was spotted on the side of the road with his legs tied up and in desperate need of help. Unfortunately this sight is common in southern Israel. Bedouins tie up their camels and donkeys to prevent them from running away.
Luckily the person who spotted him was kind-hearted Eldad Hagar, a visiting Israeli American (and founder of Hope for Paws, an animal rescue centre in Los Angeles). Eldad pulled over and discovered that the rope used to tie the donkey's leg had cut into his flesh causing swelling, infection and bleeding. Every step he took caused the rope to bite deeper and deeper into his leg and without urgent medical attention, amputation may have been the only solution.
Eldad immediately called the Pegasus team who took the gentle donkey back to the sanctuary where he received medical treatment for his injuries. He is settling in nicely and has been named after his rescuer - Eldad!
Update (August 2013):
As summer approached and the donkeys started to shed their winter fur, Eldad who was a furry donkey when he first arrived at the sanctuary, started to look quite different!
Without a shadow of doubt, Eldad is one of the friendliest donkeys at the sanctuary. Whenever anyone enters the stables, Eldad immediately runs over to say hello.
His leg is now completely healed, and all that remains is a small scar. Otherwise, he is a very happy and healthy donkey!
Here are some new pictures especially for Eldad's friends and followers at AAA to enjoy.
After Eldad’s rough start to life he really has become a very gentle, quiet and friendly donkey. You can hardly see his scars now on his legs and doesn’t seem affected at all after nearly losing his legs by being tied [ hobbled] and left unattended in the desert. He like Freddie is always the first to greet and welcome new rescues to the sanctuary and take on the role of chaperone. Eldad continues to thrive in his sanctuary home thanks to the help of his sponsors.
Eldad celebrates life and freedom every day. When he was rescued some years ago, his legs had been cruelly held together with wire, a fierce method to prevent him from running away. The wire had cut his legs deeply. He continues to be the leader of the pack at Pegasus. He proudly gallops around always happy that his legs and his soul, are forever free.
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