A donkey who was towed to safety after becoming trapped by floodwater in Ireland is making a good recovery.

“Mike” made international headlines earlier this week after he was rescued from his flooded field with a boat and life ring.

donkey rescued from floodHis owner found the eight-year-old donkey stranded on the morning of 6 December after the River Laune burst its banks.

He contacted search and rescue, but they were unable to attend, so Suzanne Gibbons, owner of Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR) in Crag, Castleisland, came to the rescue.

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She called Mike Fleming, of Killorglin Rowing Club, who also offered his help.

Suzanne, Mike and AHAR volunteer Declan Murphy, sailed out to the stranded equine and attached the life-ring to his body before a 30-minute tow back to shore.

“The donkey was only in the field because the storm had blown down the gate to his stable and he had made his way to his usual field,” Sharon Majek from the charity told H&H on Friday (11 December).

“The river banks burst, causing the field to flood and owner found him in the morning when he went down to tend to them.

“The owner was in tears while they were trying to rescue Mike, and was very happy and relieved when they got him back to land.”

donkey goat2The owner agreed that the donkey would be taken back to AHAR for veterinary treatment and until his own stable was repaired.

“He has been made a real fuss of — everyone who goes to AHAR has been to see him and he has been thoroughly spoilt,” added Ms Majek.

“The phones on Monday were ringing off the hook, and the number of messages wishing Mike the donkey well has been incredible.

“Most days we get a lot of messages both on the page and by email, but since Sunday they have more than doubled.”

Mike has been given antibiotics to prevent pneumonia and he has been kept “warm and well fed”.

He has also made friends with a three-legged goat named Angel (pictured, top).