FOUR donkeys could be put down because there's no room at the stable for them this Christmas.
An animal sanctuary owner said so many donkeys had been abandoned, he couldn't accommodate four more – including one pregnant animal called Mary.
Danny Curran, owner of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, said he has no room at his 'inn' at Raphoe, Co Donegal, because he already has 54 of the animals. The donkeys were found wandering in nearby St Johnston this week by gardai.
And unless a home is found for them, they will end up in the council pound and could be destroyed.
"I basically have no room at the inn for Mary and the three wise men as we have called them," said Mr Curran.
"I would never turn an animal away but we are bursting. I will clean them up and take them anywhere in Ireland . . . if there is someone willing to give them a good home.
"If we do not find homes for them, they will have to be put in the pound and then destroyed after Christmas," he said.
He said anyone with even a small bit of land and some shelter could keep the donkeys until a longer term home is found.
"One of the donkeys, Mary, is in foal and will need to be looked after. But the other three are all in good condition.
"I think it's very touching at this time of year that we can't find a home for a donkey in foal, considering Mary was carried by donkey to Bethlehem."