Named Mike, the donkey smiles for the camera after rescue workers save him from drowning in muddy water.

Donkey rescued from flood

While floods across the UK and Ireland have claimed lives and caused untold damage to property, this is one story with a happy ending just in time for Christmas.

Animal Heaven Animal Rescue posted a desperate plea for help to Facebook on Sunday for assistance in saving a donkey who was stuck in mud near Kilorglin, Ireland, with floodwaters rising around him.

Donkey rescued from flood“Code red. Todays (sic) emergency. Please help me. There is a donkey stranded in deep flooding in Kilorglin. I need a boat and men to help. I have ropes ect (sic) Please ring … Please get me help.”

A local resident, named Mike Fleming, offered his small boat and his help, and along with a group of volunteers, set off to try to tow the stranded animal to safety.

Although they weren’t sure they had the necessary equipment or ability to make the rescue, after some brave work, the team managed to get the animal to the safety of the shore.

And they were rewarded for their efforts with a grin from ear to ear.

The team decided the rescued donkey must have a name, so they christened him Mike after the man with the boat.

“So we’ve named him Mike,” the group posted. “There could be no other name.

“I want the world to thank this amazing guy!
Mike Fleming of the Killorglin rowing club.
Picture this. He was my last chance and phone call to beg for a boat. He listened and he drove down to meet me. I knew straight away he had the guts to do it. No negative attitude just come on girl we’ll give it a go.
He braved such dangerous water to help us save him.
Your (sic) some hero xx”

Donkey rescued from flood

Mike the donkey is now safely tucked away in a cosy manger getting plenty of love and attention, with the group posting regular updates on his condition for Mike’s many fans.

“He is now dried with towels, eating a hot mash, all cozy and warm and our vet has seen him and started him on antibiotics to prevent pneumonia. He has a small bit of fluid in one lung but our vet said he will recover. All he needs is loads of tlc.

“Id (sic) like to also say thanks to Sue who was with us today doing all the ground work on land to guide us to him, running for petrol for the boat and for all the great photos she took. But she also drove my jeep with a trailer for the first time and she was fantastic. No fear just got on with it.

“We loved every moment saving Mike and I think I speak for all of us, he was so worth the danger just to see his little face on dry land.

“Thanks for all your lovely comments and support.”

Since the rescue, Mike has become something of an internet sensation, and the group continues to post updates about Mike’s progress on their Facebook page.

Donkey rescued from flood


“Mike snacking away, building up his strength, on another dreadful night outside.
Its (sic) lovely to see a donkey so famous coming so close to Christmas.
I think his smile made it right round the world by now, lighting it up with glowing hearts.
He has settled well and is loving the 5 star treatment his only concern is his neighbour, a talking bird ( you can hear shouting in the background ) he is fascinated.
Other then (sic) that…. He is loving being spoiled.
Good night all xx”

And to all a good night.

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