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Singing Donkey Goes Viral After Rescuers Find Her Injured on Street


Meet Emily the singing donkey, a sweet soul with a resilient spirit that the internet can’t seem to resist.

After surviving some pretty rough patches in her life, Emily is now singing her little heart out at her new home in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Tina Mohandas works with the RESQ Charitable Trust in India, an animal advocacy organization.

Mohandas told India Times that when Emily was found, she was in very critical condition.

The mother donkey had just delivered a baby, who did not live, leaving Emily’s spirit devastated.

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“Emily suffered grave complications during childbirth,” RESQ wrote on Facebook. “She came to us with a broken heart and crushed soul, her baby lost forever.”

Emily was so weak that she could barely stand up and rescuers immediately took her in for medical treatment.

Understandably, the donkey was frightened, skeptical and aggressive. In her physical and emotional pain, Emily wanted nothing to do with people or other donkeys.

But RESQ staff remained patient with Emily, giving her time to grieve and heal.

Slowly, Emily’s wounds began to bind up, and a softer side of the young mother began to emerge.

It wasn’t long before Emily was outside soaking up the sunshine and companionship of the other animals at the RESQ center.

Emily joined three other donkeys who came from hard pasts, but thanks to the hands of loving humans, all four are thriving.

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“All four donkeys have healed remarkably, and their hearts and spirits are now whole in the knowledge that they are loved, safe, and happy,” RESQ staff said.

Emily’s caretakers noticed the donkey was now so happy, she was inclined to burst into song.

Emily’s “bray” is very unique, as she lets out bursts of lyrical phrases across the high and low range of the musical scale.

On the contrary, most donkeys have more of a two-toned “hee-haw” bray, making Emily more of a songstress than her counterparts.

Emily’s caregivers began documenting her joyful songs, posting them on social media.

Animal lovers quickly found themselves swooning with love for the sweet little donkey who had once been so broken.

“Donkeys are some of the most faithful, hardy, and instinctively valiant creatures on the planet,” RESQ staff said, bursting with pride over their sweet Emily and how far she and her donkey friends have come.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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