Ireland's floods almost took the life of a sweet donkey named Mike, but lucky for Mike rescuers came along in the nick of time. And now Mike cannot quit smiling at his rescuers, who definitely gave the donkey something to smile about.
During a recent storm in Killorglin, Ireland, winds blew down the shed and paddock that Mike lives in, so he wandered off and accidentally found himself in the rising floodwaters, according to BBC. His owner contacted a local rescue, Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AMAR), which shifted into emergency rescue mode.
"Code red. Today's emergency. Please help me. There is a donkey stranded in deep flooding in Killorglin. I need a boat and men to help. I have ropes, etc. Please get me help," was the frantic message AMAR sent out on Facebook.
And they came. The local rowing club coach Mike Fleming came with a boat. With lots of deep struggles, they were finally able to get Mike to shore.
Now named Mike, after his rescuer, AMAR said, "There could be no other name."
"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," said AMAR.
"He has a small bit of fluid in one lung but our vet said he will recover. All he needs is loads of tlc," AMAR continued, according to ITV. "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."
In emergency situations such as floods, the Telegraph reiterates how important it is to bring your animals in so they do not end up like Mike.