Friday, August 12, 2005

Bereaved Parsley loses her fight

BBC NEWS | England | Lincolnshire | Bereaved Parsley loses her fight

A donkey from a Lincolnshire park has died three weeks after a road accident which killed five stablemates.

The jenny, called Parsley, was in foal when she was badly injured by a car that struck a group of donkeys on the A158 near Wragby last month.

The animals had been released from Rand Farm Park during an attempted burglary in the early hours of the morning.

Parsley suffered cuts to her head and legs and appeared to be on the mend, despite losing her foal.

Children from across the county have been sending their letters, e-mail messages and pictures to the farm.

'Fantastic progress'

Kay Waring from the farm said: "We were extremely optimistic that Parsley was going to make a full recovery. She did incredibly well to survive the accident in the first place.

"Unfortunately she lost her foal the following Wednesday, but we were optimistic that would hopefully that would enable her to look after herself a little bit better."

She said Parsley was making fantastic progress but the donkey developed an infection in her leg wounds and that is being blamed for her death this week.

The family were woken in the middle of the night by the police who alerted them to a crash involving the animals which had been released from the farm and apparently ushered on to the road.

Eight donkeys made it to the main road, where six were hit. Five died in, or soon after, the crash.

Parsley appeared to pull through and two others were unharmed.

A police investigation was launched after the break-in which saw the donkeys make their way on to the A158 at Rand near Wragby.


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