Woman angry that visitors just stood and watched as she was bitten

Bournemouth Echo: Warning after donkeys attack nurse and young daughter Warning after donkeys attack nurse and young daughter

A NURSE has described the terrifying moment she and her five-year-old daughter were attacked by a group of donkeys.

Jenny Caine and her daughter Isabelle were visiting a Hampshire beauty spot when the animals surrounded them, cutting off their escape route.

Miss Caine, 38, of New Milton, was bitten on the back and knocked to the ground, causing her to drop her child.

Last night she complained that other visitors to Hatchet Pond, near Beaulieu, just stood and watched as she and her daughter tried to flee the animals.

It comes just days after two pensioners walking through a field in Lymington were attacked by a cow.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the women managed to escape after one of them removed the sweater from around her waist and used it to fight off the animal.

Miss Caine, a nurse at Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington, said she and her daughter were attacked after taking a bag of bread to feed the ducks.

She added: “We hadn’t even got to the water’s edge when two donkeys came over and started being a bit of nuisance. Then three others appeared and made a circle around us.

“I tried to shoo the donkeys away, but they kept getting close – nudging me and almost physically moving me away from my vehicle.”

Miss Caine said she was suddenly bitten on the back and knocked to the ground.

She added: “Isabelle was getting hysterical, crying and screaming. I got up and called for help. I wasn’t expecting anyone to put themselves at risk but they could have distracted the donkeys or tried to shoo them away.

“I was really angry that no-one did anything.

“Eventually someone got out of their car and told me to throw my bag of bread in her direction, which I did.

“The donkeys dispersed and I made a run for it but they ran after me. I was terrified.”

Miss Caine, who managed to reach the safety of her car, added: “Isabelle kept saying ‘we’re not going there again, are we mummy?’ “I tried to tell her that the donkeys didn’t have anything against us – they were just after the food we’d taken for the ducks.”

The Verderers, the organisation in charge of Forest stock, said people feeding ponies and donkeys could result in them becoming aggressive and “demanding” food.

But spokesman Sue Westwood said: “I can’t recall any previous incident involving someone in that sort of situation being knocked over by a pony or a donkey.

“The woman involved was very unlucky.”

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9:34am Sat 31 May 14

Huey says...

Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight. Huey
  • Score: 53

9:34am Sat 31 May 14

Adrian XX says...

Did she try to defend herself against the donkeys? You can't just expect them to go away. I would have slapped or kicked them if I had perceived a threat.
Did she try to defend herself against the donkeys? You can't just expect them to go away. I would have slapped or kicked them if I had perceived a threat. Adrian XX
  • Score: -10

9:41am Sat 31 May 14

Hobie18007 says...

Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well.
Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well. Hobie18007
  • Score: -40

9:44am Sat 31 May 14

Hessenford says...

Miss Caine said, “We hadn’t even got to the water’s edge when two donkeys came over and started being a bit of nuisance. Then three others appeared and made a circle around us.
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When the donkeys first became a nuisance that should have prompted her to move away, donkeys are animals and can be unpredictable, the New Forest is their domain so what right do you have to complain.
Use a little common sense next time.
Miss Caine said, “We hadn’t even got to the water’s edge when two donkeys came over and started being a bit of nuisance. Then three others appeared and made a circle around us. . When the donkeys first became a nuisance that should have prompted her to move away, donkeys are animals and can be unpredictable, the New Forest is their domain so what right do you have to complain. Use a little common sense next time. Hessenford
  • Score: 90

9:51am Sat 31 May 14

Rasta dude says...

Would she have jumped in if the shoe was on the other foot I don't think so
Would she have jumped in if the shoe was on the other foot I don't think so Rasta dude
  • Score: 14

10:01am Sat 31 May 14

Azphreal says...

First off all the person did not 'fight off' the cow they waved some clothing that spooked it. Second what did this woman think would happen walking through them with a bag of bread? She could have taken some and thrown it and the chances are the donkeys would have moved off to eat the bread.
First off all the person did not 'fight off' the cow they waved some clothing that spooked it. Second what did this woman think would happen walking through them with a bag of bread? She could have taken some and thrown it and the chances are the donkeys would have moved off to eat the bread. Azphreal
  • Score: 50

10:13am Sat 31 May 14

Carolyn43 says...

Why would you take a bag of food into an area where there are animals roaming? Did she think the donkeys would know that the bread was for the ducks and not for them?

Apart from that bread is as bad for ducks as it is for donkeys - but surprisingly neither know that.

As for slapping or kicking them - you'd probably get kicked back. Why do people try to put human intelligence (or lack of it in this case) onto animals?
Why would you take a bag of food into an area where there are animals roaming? Did she think the donkeys would know that the bread was for the ducks and not for them? Apart from that bread is as bad for ducks as it is for donkeys - but surprisingly neither know that. As for slapping or kicking them - you'd probably get kicked back. Why do people try to put human intelligence (or lack of it in this case) onto animals? Carolyn43
  • Score: 54

10:14am Sat 31 May 14

Pablo23 says...

Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey. Pablo23
  • Score: -24

10:38am Sat 31 May 14

cpf242 says...

Animal Farm
Animal Farm cpf242
  • Score: 8

11:10am Sat 31 May 14

Jenny PoshPaws says...

Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL
Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL Jenny PoshPaws
  • Score: 37

12:09pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Now there banned from tesco there trying to get some out of date bread any way they can! Thats the same donkey,stick an ASBO on it.
Now there banned from tesco there trying to get some out of date bread any way they can! Thats the same donkey,stick an ASBO on it. Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 20

12:10pm Sat 31 May 14

Rasta dude says...

Pablo23 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.[/p][/quote]Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes Rasta dude
  • Score: -14

12:13pm Sat 31 May 14

smhinto says...

I take it that this woman was an employee of Tesco's in the New Forest who persumably refused the Donkeys access to the local Tesco store and hence, the Donkeys were taking their revenge ??
I take it that this woman was an employee of Tesco's in the New Forest who persumably refused the Donkeys access to the local Tesco store and hence, the Donkeys were taking their revenge ?? smhinto
  • Score: 17

12:18pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Rasta dude wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes
Stick a hood over its head and pass it of in Tesco next time someone ask for the Mascarpone!
[quote][p][bold]Rasta dude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.[/p][/quote]Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes[/p][/quote]Stick a hood over its head and pass it of in Tesco next time someone ask for the Mascarpone! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: -11

12:34pm Sat 31 May 14

Bluecat101 says...

When will people learn not to walk near roaming ponies or donkeys with carrier bags. I suspected that was the cause before reading it. Being local I am surprised she didn't know better. Its all made worse by silly visitors thinking it clever to feed them - despite notices,. I doubt they would have come near without seeing the plastic bag, tho there can be a tendency to hang around parked cars because they have been fed before
When will people learn not to walk near roaming ponies or donkeys with carrier bags. I suspected that was the cause before reading it. Being local I am surprised she didn't know better. Its all made worse by silly visitors thinking it clever to feed them - despite notices,. I doubt they would have come near without seeing the plastic bag, tho there can be a tendency to hang around parked cars because they have been fed before Bluecat101
  • Score: 30

12:43pm Sat 31 May 14

Buddles says...

Jenny PoshPaws wrote:
Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL
Only needs to have the annoyed and fed-up "crossed hooves" pose ....hehehe.
[quote][p][bold]Jenny PoshPaws[/bold] wrote: Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL[/p][/quote]Only needs to have the annoyed and fed-up "crossed hooves" pose ....hehehe. Buddles
  • Score: 21

12:46pm Sat 31 May 14

a.g.o.g. says...

Whose home is it anyway?
Whose home is it anyway? a.g.o.g.
  • Score: 28

12:48pm Sat 31 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Hopefully those that just stood and watched and did nothing to help were busy filming it for YouTube.
Hopefully those that just stood and watched and did nothing to help were busy filming it for YouTube. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 20

1:01pm Sat 31 May 14

Lord Spring says...

She could have made a bread pudding with the stale bread and saved a kicking.
She could have made a bread pudding with the stale bread and saved a kicking. Lord Spring
  • Score: 8

1:15pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
The thing is Donkeys love to kick ****!
But so do Cows.
But which one is the Hardest?
As Harry Hill would say "theres only 1 way to find out.....FIGHT!!"
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]The thing is Donkeys love to kick ****! But so do Cows. But which one is the Hardest? As Harry Hill would say "theres only 1 way to find out.....FIGHT!!" Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Sat 31 May 14

crazybird says...

Eeey-ore (he all) ways does that - one of the more amusing stories - we were crying with laughter over this at breakfast :)
Eeey-ore (he all) ways does that - one of the more amusing stories - we were crying with laughter over this at breakfast :) crazybird
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Thats half the pubs in Bournemouth out then.!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Thats half the pubs in Bournemouth out then.! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 15

1:28pm Sat 31 May 14

Bluecat101 says...

Hobie18007 wrote:
Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well.
Stupid and untrue
[quote][p][bold]Hobie18007[/bold] wrote: Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well.[/p][/quote]Stupid and untrue Bluecat101
  • Score: -10

1:36pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Rasta dude wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes
Newmarket! Yes it does look like the one I had in the scoop 6 a couple of weeks ago!
[quote][p][bold]Rasta dude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.[/p][/quote]Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes[/p][/quote]Newmarket! Yes it does look like the one I had in the scoop 6 a couple of weeks ago! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Sat 31 May 14

Vikki27 says...

Hahaha! If you can't take nature behaving the way nature does, stay in the suburbs!

This is a great story - particularly love the bit about the woman fending off the dangerous cow with the sturdy jumper. What a brave, brave woman. If only the lady fightning off the donkies had a similar weapon, eh?
Hahaha! If you can't take nature behaving the way nature does, stay in the suburbs! This is a great story - particularly love the bit about the woman fending off the dangerous cow with the sturdy jumper. What a brave, brave woman. If only the lady fightning off the donkies had a similar weapon, eh? Vikki27
  • Score: 10

2:12pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Donkeys, Cows,its getting out of hand!
Ross Kemp will have enough material for a new series
"Gangs of the New Forest" !
Donkeys, Cows,its getting out of hand! Ross Kemp will have enough material for a new series "Gangs of the New Forest" ! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 11

3:07pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Jenny PoshPaws wrote:
Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL
Trouble is his mug shot is in the Echo now,there is no telling what those hungry ducks will do when they track him down!
[quote][p][bold]Jenny PoshPaws[/bold] wrote: Top marks, Echo, for a brilliant "mad donkey" photograph. LOL[/p][/quote]Trouble is his mug shot is in the Echo now,there is no telling what those hungry ducks will do when they track him down! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 7

3:17pm Sat 31 May 14

burgerboy says...

With a name like "Jenny" she's lucky that one of the jackasses weren't after more than a portion of her stale bread.....(;o).
With a name like "Jenny" she's lucky that one of the jackasses weren't after more than a portion of her stale bread.....(;o). burgerboy
  • Score: 14

3:41pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

burgerboy wrote:
With a name like "Jenny" she's lucky that one of the jackasses weren't after more than a portion of her stale bread.....(;o).
Dirty Donkey!
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: With a name like "Jenny" she's lucky that one of the jackasses weren't after more than a portion of her stale bread.....(;o).[/p][/quote]Dirty Donkey! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 8

4:28pm Sat 31 May 14

Buzetti says...

Rasta dude wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes
Or try the use of sarcasm...

Donkeys hate sarcasm........
[quote][p][bold]Rasta dude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.[/p][/quote]Poke it in the eyes run round the back and kick it in the nuts maybe new market in donkey self defence classes[/p][/quote]Or try the use of sarcasm... Donkeys hate sarcasm........ Buzetti
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Sat 31 May 14

cromwell9 says...

The main thing is no person/animals was hurt,
Never feed animals ,that you do not know.Not even somebodys pet dog,
These animals live in the New forest,Humans are only visiters to them,
Common sense is required,(This is not Eastenders world ),
The main thing is no person/animals was hurt, Never feed animals ,that you do not know.Not even somebodys pet dog, These animals live in the New forest,Humans are only visiters to them, Common sense is required,(This is not Eastenders world ), cromwell9
  • Score: 5

5:09pm Sat 31 May 14

jeebuscripes says...

Surely it's now time for the government to step in and outlaw donkeys. This is a tragedy waiting to happen.

#mothersagainstdonke
ys

Sign the petition.

www.epetitions.com/k
illerdonkeys-wonkyjo
urnalism
Surely it's now time for the government to step in and outlaw donkeys. This is a tragedy waiting to happen. #mothersagainstdonke ys Sign the petition. www.epetitions.com/k illerdonkeys-wonkyjo urnalism jeebuscripes
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Sat 31 May 14

Carolyn43 says...

And of course you shouldn't feed bread to ducks anyway - in fact not to any animals. It's not their natural food. When have you seen animals and birds baking or buying bread.

Eating bread causes ducks to defecate more and then there will be complaints about bird poo and the diseases it can carry.
And of course you shouldn't feed bread to ducks anyway - in fact not to any animals. It's not their natural food. When have you seen animals and birds baking or buying bread. Eating bread causes ducks to defecate more and then there will be complaints about bird poo and the diseases it can carry. Carolyn43
  • Score: 4

7:08pm Sat 31 May 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
And of course you shouldn't feed bread to ducks anyway - in fact not to any animals. It's not their natural food. When have you seen animals and birds baking or buying bread.

Eating bread causes ducks to defecate more and then there will be complaints about bird poo and the diseases it can carry.
Dirty Ducks!
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: And of course you shouldn't feed bread to ducks anyway - in fact not to any animals. It's not their natural food. When have you seen animals and birds baking or buying bread. Eating bread causes ducks to defecate more and then there will be complaints about bird poo and the diseases it can carry.[/p][/quote]Dirty Ducks! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: 4

7:17pm Sat 31 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
That just about includes everything down to the size of a ladybird
you wimp.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]That just about includes everything down to the size of a ladybird you wimp. nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

9:06pm Sat 31 May 14

swimpy says...

life a **** then you get kicked by one
life a **** then you get kicked by one swimpy
  • Score: 4

12:22am Sun 1 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

Pablo23 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.
Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight?

A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.
Hilarious!
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Don't go near any animal that you couldn't reasonably beat in a fight.[/p][/quote]Are you saying you couldn't beat a donkey in a fight? A large horse would present a challenge, but I'm sure I could take a donkey.[/p][/quote]Hilarious! Adrian XX
  • Score: 7

6:37am Sun 1 Jun 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Hobie18007 wrote:
Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well.
Yes, donkeys and dolphins formed a pact many millions of years ago to combine their evil talents in a bid for world domination. And that's true, that is.
[quote][p][bold]Hobie18007[/bold] wrote: Donkeys are like dolphins, they are evil! I mean it is well publicised as we know all too well.[/p][/quote]Yes, donkeys and dolphins formed a pact many millions of years ago to combine their evil talents in a bid for world domination. And that's true, that is. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 8

6:58am Sun 1 Jun 14

Ginny nz says...

Cows , I'm not surprised at , but Donkeys !!!! Are we getting all the facts here ?
Cows , I'm not surprised at , but Donkeys !!!! Are we getting all the facts here ? Ginny nz
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

Don't get between a cow and her calf or she will attack you.
Don't go near the New Forest ponies or they will try to get food from you.
Same obviously applies to the ponies.
Don't go out in the countryside if you know nothing about it.
They'll be wanting the countryside closed down for being too dangerous for the townies soon.
Don't get between a cow and her calf or she will attack you. Don't go near the New Forest ponies or they will try to get food from you. Same obviously applies to the ponies. Don't go out in the countryside if you know nothing about it. They'll be wanting the countryside closed down for being too dangerous for the townies soon. ashleycross
  • Score: 2

5:57pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

Excellent spelling of the plural of donkey by the way Daily Echo.
Excellent spelling of the plural of donkey by the way Daily Echo. ashleycross
  • Score: -1

7:19pm Sun 1 Jun 14

nickynoodah says...

Donkeys lock there jaws on you when they bite you know
same as staffies lock theirs they cant let go
you often see grockles in the new forest with a donkey hanging from them.
Donkeys lock there jaws on you when they bite you know same as staffies lock theirs they cant let go you often see grockles in the new forest with a donkey hanging from them. nickynoodah
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Mr Mo says...

I for one welcome our donkey overlords
I for one welcome our donkey overlords Mr Mo
  • Score: 1

2:06am Mon 2 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Did she try to defend herself against the donkeys? You can't just expect them to go away. I would have slapped or kicked them if I had perceived a threat.
Not everyone has an Ace Ventura 'License to kill'! You're just special that way!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: Did she try to defend herself against the donkeys? You can't just expect them to go away. I would have slapped or kicked them if I had perceived a threat.[/p][/quote]Not everyone has an Ace Ventura 'License to kill'! You're just special that way! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

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