Two teenagers have been arrested on Christmas Eve for savagely attacking a nativity donkey, stabbing her 16 times and forcing her to miss the annual show.
Cheeky — a 22 years old donkey, was scheduled to star in the Christmas show at Greenmeadow Farm in Cwmbran, Wales, until she was brutally knifed during the night. The police have been hunting the attackers since the assault took place in November and two 17-year-old boys have been arrested last night.
The mare suffered 16 deep stab wounds to her abdomen, hind legs and neck, days before the start of the nativity show where she would be cheered by children. Cheeky was stitched up and forced to view the nativity from the sidelines as she received treatment. Workers at the farm are shocked by the attack and said they were “really disturbed” by the senseless violence. Manager Elizabeth Burns said:
It was abhorrent that someone could do this to an innocent animal — especially before the nativity. As well as being upset that Cheeky has suffered we are really disturbed. Our focus is on monitoring Cheeky and nursing her back to health. It is a shame that we are having to hide Cheeky away while she gets better because her appearance could upset the children who visit the farm at this time of year. But the show had to go on and all the other animals performed well without their friend Cheeky.
Cheeky was the only animal attacked on the farm, though she shared a paddock with two other donkeys. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Two teenagers have been arrested for stabbing Cheeky the nativity donkey at a farm in South Wales.
2. She was stitched up and forced to view the nativity from the wings as she received treatment.
Since the attack, the police have began regular night patrols and the farm. A police spokesman said:
We have arrested two male suspects aged 17 who have been bailed pending phone and forensic examinations. We are renewing our appeal for anyone with information about the attack to contact us.
Hopefully they can get to the bottom of it.
3. The mare, who is 22 years old, was left with 16 deep stab wounds to her abdomen, hind legs and neck.
4. Cheeky has always been the star at the annual nativity show at Greenmeadow Farm in Cwmbran, South Wales — but this year has been forced to give it a miss.
And here is the video report:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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