I was very tired last night, after a fairly hectic day, so went to bed earlier than usual.
Whilst I was asleep I was aware of the sound of a donkey crying. In my semi-conscious state, I didn't react straight away, assuming it was my next door neighbour, Dursune's donkey.
At around 5am I was wide awake and concerned. It occurred to me that Dursune's donkey doesn't do this at night. If he was in distress, Dursune would be out of the house like a shot. She adores her donkey. So I wondered if perhaps she was ill, or worse.
It was pitch black outside. I got dressed and went out with the torch. Just outside our garden was a donkey (not Dursune's) tied with rope to the telegraph pole, with a metal bolt through it's hoof attached to the rope. He was in a terrible state. He was scrabbling around for food. I fetched a couple of carrots from the house and took out some water. He was so thirsty, he drank 5 litres.
I wasn't sure what to do next but I couldn't leave him so I cut the rope, with the intention of trying to coax him into our garden. He was too scared and I wasn't strong enough to move him. So he trotted off down the lane. I'm not worried about him coming to harm in the village. He will wander about, find food, and maybe find his way home. At least he is free.
I am however really upset that someone could just leave him there. I am determined to find the culprit. I am sitting near the window now, watching and waiting, in the hope that the owner returns. It's already very hot and if the donkey had still been tied up, he would have had no shade, food or water.
I haven't mentioned this incident to anyone, just in case they forewarn the culprit. I want to catch him and confront him myself. If he doesn't appear by late afternoon, then I will be setting off around the village to see if I can find him. He'd better watch out...I am not best pleased!