Animal welfare officer investigating an abused donkey discover it is actually a model
Animal welfare officers were called in to deal with a donkey who was allegedly being neglected recently.
However when they arrived to deal with the poor animal they discovered exactly why it had been standing outside in the rain for several weeks.
It was a life-size model.
Like a scene from a bad 90s sitcom, the fake donkey was actually a nativity scene prop and is kept in the garden of Reverend Georgie Baxendale when not performing.
The Scottish SPCA say they don’t know if the call was made as a prank or by a well-meaning but short-sighted walker.
Senior inspector Bill Little said: ‘When I arrived, the owner asked me if I wanted a laugh and when she showed me the ornamental donkey it certainly gave me a chuckle.
‘The donkey is made of fibreglass and goes by the name Joshua.’
The confusion didn’t bother Rev Baxendale, who called it the ‘funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life’.
‘I used to have two donkeys and bought Joshua as a reminder,’ she added.
Despite the mix up, Mr Little said it is always ‘better to be safe than sorry and we’d encourage anyone with concerns about an animal to call our helpline on 03000 999 999′.
This isn’t the first time the Scottish SPCA have been fooled by model animals.
An officer in Aberdeen was called to a report of owl neglect a couple of years ago, but when he arrived he discovered the distressed bird was in fact a plastic garden water feature.