Friday morning John Henry didn't come in for breakfast, which was very unusual, he was always one of the first to go into his pen at feeding time. We found him on one of the trails in Burroland headed for the pen area, but down. I came in to notify Dr. Jeremy and when I went out he had gotten up and Suzanne was with him. He was disorientated, walking in circles and would go down after a couple of minutes. That has to be scary for them, to not be able to walk straight and to lose balance. He kept trying to stand up and walk, so we got him in the wash a large area with nothing he could hurt himself with. We stayed with him until Dr. Jeremy got here and he worked with John Henry for a couple of hours with IVs and different medications, with no change. The prognosis was not good and the decision was made.
He had only been here a couple of months, but was such a wonderful donkey we all really enjoyed being with him. So gentle and so easy to work with, loved people and seemed to know he was big and we weren't.
RIP John Henry, you will be missed