Life was anything but easy for this tiny foal, after he was rejected by his own mother, shortly after birth.
But fortunately, he was not alone. Surrounded by love and affection, the hopeless baby donkey overcome the tough situation and turned the odds into his favour, after finding a new loving mother!
When Ben’s mother arrived at the Donkey Sanctuary in the UK, she was already pregnant. The horse named Millie was still months away from giving birth and was not at all prepared to be a mother.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be, despite the staff’s best attempts to prepare her for what would have happened next. And soon after giving birth, she abandoned her child!
“The mare and her baby were not together or showing any signs of the bonding process that would normally take place,” the sanctuary wrote.
“We carefully tried to encourage her to accept him, but this young and unexperienced mum simply did not want to let her foal near her – it was clear that she had rejected him.”
For a new born animal, the chances of survival are extremely slim without a mother and Be was nothing but the same. But the devoted people at the sanctuary tried their best to keep the tiny foal alive, and they eventually succeeded.
They bottle fed him at 3-4 hours, and spend a lot of time with him, making him feel comfortable and loved. But even so, the tiny Ben was needing someone to be there for him every second, to keep him warm and protect him, and that only a mother can do.
The team chose to introduce Ben to “auntie” Jingle, another mare at the sanctuary, because his mother was no longer an option. Unexpectedly, it didn’t take long for the two to become inseparable. Everyone concerned was happy to learn that Ben had finally located a devoted mother. He certainly earned it after what he had gone through!
See more of Ben’s motivational tale in the video linked below!