A quick-thinking groom at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth helped safely deliver a foal after one of its front legs became stuck during birth.
Lisa Coles went to check on mare Abbie when she realised she was in labour and struggling.
Lisa gently held the foal and was able to free its leg.
After being checked over by one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s vets, both mother and daughter were given a clean bill of health.
The pair were out in the sunshine the following day, where the fluffy, grey youngster, who is yet to be named, could begin to explore her new surroundings.
Neil Coles, a farm manager at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Lisa did brilliantly and helped Abbie deliver the foal safely.
“She acted quickly when time was of the essence and, without her actions, Abbie could have got into real difficulty.”
Abbie was in foal when she was relinquished into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in September 2020.
She was discovered running free with her previous foal, Timmy, alongside the busy A47 near Norwich.
They were separated from the fast-moving traffic by just a thin hedge and could have easily found themselves in a very dangerous situation and posed a real risk to drivers if they’d escaped onto the busy dual carriageway.
After arriving at The Donkey Sanctuary, veterinary checks revealed that Abbie was expecting.
When Abbie’s foal is old enough, she will be introduced to other donkeys of a similar age.
It is hoped that one day she will be found a new home on the charity’s rehoming scheme with her own ‘donkey guardian’.
The charity has a no breeding policy. Foals born at the sanctuary are born to mares that have arrived already in foal.