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Trapped Donkeys Had No Idea They Were About To See The Sun Again

They finally have fresh air now — but they won't leave each other's side.

Two rescued donkeys are now living their best lives, rolling around in the fields of a sanctuary for animals just like them, but they almost didn't make it here at all. 

The Donkey Sanctuary

No one realized Timmy and Tommy, a pair of best friends, were in desperate need of help until one of them decided to cry out. 

Rescuers from The Donkey Sanctuary responded to reports that a donkey was crying, and when they arrived at a dilapidated old shed in Yorkshire, England, they couldn't believe what they found. 

Trapped donkey
The Donkey Sanctuary
Trapped and neglected donkey
The Donkey Sanctuary

The two donkeys had obviously been trapped in the stable for a long time — they were living in mounds of feces, which had built up so high, Timmy's ears were nearly touching the ceiling and neither of them could get out of their small adjoining enclosures.

Tommy looked like he had given up on life, according to The Donkey Sanctuary. He was dangerously thin and had overgrown hooves. And Timmy's hooves were also in bad shape — they had been hacked away instead of being given professional trimming. 

Trapped and neglected donkey
The Donkey Sanctuary
Trapped donkey friends comfort each other
Timmy (left) was trapped on his side of the barn, but he still tried to stay close to his friend, Tommy. | The Donkey Sanctuary

Rescuers knew they had to free Timmy and Tommy immediately — so they set to work digging them out.

“It’s horrifying to think of how long he had been shut in what I could only describe as his own personal prison," Hannah Bryer, senior welfare adviser with The Donkey Sanctuary, said in a statement, after seeing Timmy trapped by excrement on his side of the barn. "I just wanted to get them out of there as quickly as possible.”

No one knows exactly how long the donkeys had been living this way, but police filed charges against the owner for making them endure such horrible conditions. "Both of the donkeys were standing on their own excrement with nowhere clean or comfortable to rest," Bryer said. “The stench as we dug Timmy out was overpowering."

Neglected donkey
The Donkey Sanctuary
Neglected donkey just before getting rescued
The Donkey Sanctuary

Rescuers noticed that as soon as they'd dug a pathway between the donkeys, Timmy limped over to reach his friend.

Neglected donkey getting rescued
The Donkey Sanctuary

“Although they had been deprived of human friendship, you could see they had found solace in each other," Bryer said. “They had a connection.”

Neglected donkey getting rescued
The Donkey Sanctuary

Timmy and Tommy were rushed to the sanctuary in Devon, where they got veterinary care. Their hooves were finally trimmed properly, and they were given a lot of nutritious food to eat. Now, they can spend time outside in the sun, which they could barely see in their previous lives. 

Rescued donkeys
The Donkey Sanctuary

And even though Tommy and Timmy have so much room now, and expansive fields in which to graze, the two friends are never very far apart. 

Rescued donkeys at sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary
Donkeys at sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary
To help Tommy and Timmy and all the rescued donkeys at the sanctuary, you can donate to The Donkey Sanctuary.