Shocks the donkey was found with a rope tied around his neck. With his body covered in sores and lesions, he'd been left to die on a farm in Ireland. Lucky for Shocks, The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England came to his rescue and gave him a second chance at life. After he was all healed up, another miracle happened, Shocks met Amber.
Unlike Shocks, Amber had never known anything other than a loving home, but that doesn’t mean life was easy. Amber was born premature and required surgery, while the surgery saved her life, it cut off airflow to her vocal chords and left her mute. To further complicate matters, Amber has cerebral palsy and struggles getting around.
Back in 2013, Amber’s world forever changed the day she met Shocks. Amber’s mom Austwick told The Dodo, “It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other. “They really seemed smitten!”
At the time, Amber couldn’t make any sounds at all. Before long, her mom noticed signs that she was getting stronger and her health was improving, all thanks to Shocks. That’s when Amber went in for another surgery intended to give her back the ability to speak.
The first word’s Amber ever said? “I love you, Shocky.”
Amber’s mom remembers the moment fondly, “It was such a proud moment and of course a massive relief to know that she could speak. I’d say they healed each other.”
“The first time Shocks saw Amber coming, he lowered his head so she could wrap her arms around his nose. It was as if they understood each other's pain.”
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