Donkey rescued in flood gives birth, baby named after Hurricane Matthew

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Mama Donkey and Baby Mattie (Photo: Pender County Animal Shelter)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a girl! The Pender County Animal Shelter has a new addition after a donkey rescued in flood waters gave birth last weekend.

The donkey foal is named Mattie after Hurricane Matthew.

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“Mama Donkey was rescued from flood waters on Oct. 12,”  Jewel Horton, manager of the Pender County Animal Shelter, said. “Last Saturday night or early Sunday morning, she gave birth.”

Horton said the staff at the Pender County Animal Shelter noticed Mama Donkey was a bit bigger than the other two donkeys that were rescued when flooding struck the Black River Basin.

“We had our suspicions,” Horton said. “But the poor animal had suffered so much. However, the vet confirmed she was going to deliver within 10 days.”



Horton said she is a miracle of life.

On Oct. 12, Pender County sheriff deputies spotted the animals on a bit of high ground. The deputies were concerned for the animals’ safety. The flood waters were rising fast around the three donkeys in a pasture.

“There were swift water teams, a 5-ton rescue vehicle, deputies, animal control, animal shelter staff, and fire departments responding,” Pender County Emergency Manager Tom Collins said. “When the flood waters rose, we also had a helicopter rescuing people from roof tops.”

So far, the Pender County Animal Shelter has rescued seven donkeys, three little horses, one pony, two full-size horses, one yearling horse, seven goats, and nine pigs. They also have the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.

“We’ve received donations of pet food and blankets,” said Horton. “What we need now are monetary donations to help pay veterinary bills for these animals. We could make monetary donations go a long way in the health of our animals.”

Horton said they are creating a waiting list for anyone interested in adopting livestock.Some livestock owners cannot take back their animals due to pasture contamination from the flood waters.

The Pender County Animal Shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Rd. in Burgaw. For more information or to make a monetary donation, call 910-259-1484.