Girl, 12, bitten by donkey in New Forest

Bournemouth Echo: Donkeys in new attack at New Forest beauty spot Donkeys in new attack at New Forest beauty spot

A group of aggressive New Forest donkeys targeted another victim this weekend, just days after chasing and attacking a New Milton nurse.

This time a young girl was viciously bitten by one of the animals at Hatchet Pond near Beaulieu.

The latest attack came less than an hour after the Daily Echo visited the beauty spot to investigate and film the creatures with tourists.

Two donkeys were pestering a man for food when one bit the girl as she was running past.

Bystander John Bayliss said: “She was screaming 'daddy he bit me'.”

The youngster - believed to be aged 12 - was not seriously hurt.

As previously reported Jenny Caine and her five-year-old daughter were surrounded by five donkeys while taking bread to feed to the ducks there.

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

She eventually ran away after throwing the bread in the other direction.

It has caused a fierce debate on how people should conduct themselves around animals and calls for tourists to stop feeding them.

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8:59am Mon 2 Jun 14

RM says...

Very sorry for both the victims & hope they recover but that is why there's notices everywhere in the New Forest telling people not to feed the animals - tourists feeding them gives them the impression that humans are there to give them treats. & they react badly if no treats are forthcoming. Yes, both the ponies & donkies are very cute but they are wild, not domesticated & house trained pets. Do people go into fields to give individual sheep & cows treats? No - nor should they feed the ponies.
Very sorry for both the victims & hope they recover but that is why there's notices everywhere in the New Forest telling people not to feed the animals - tourists feeding them gives them the impression that humans are there to give them treats. & they react badly if no treats are forthcoming. Yes, both the ponies & donkies are very cute but they are wild, not domesticated & house trained pets. Do people go into fields to give individual sheep & cows treats? No - nor should they feed the ponies. RM
  • Score: 58

9:05am Mon 2 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

I have no sympathy for people who feed these animals. For one thing they aren't wild - they have owners. Would they like it if someone fed their cat/dog? I doubt it.

These animals are not human so shouldn't be offered human food.

Even grass cutting are bad for those animals who eat grass. Grass cuttings start to ferment as soon as it's cut, likely to cause colic and possibly death.

Notices about not feeding animals are there for a purpose and have been put up by people who know what they're talking about.

Don't blame the animals if you get bitten - blame the ignorant people who have fed them.
I have no sympathy for people who feed these animals. For one thing they aren't wild - they have owners. Would they like it if someone fed their cat/dog? I doubt it. These animals are not human so shouldn't be offered human food. Even grass cutting are bad for those animals who eat grass. Grass cuttings start to ferment as soon as it's cut, likely to cause colic and possibly death. Notices about not feeding animals are there for a purpose and have been put up by people who know what they're talking about. Don't blame the animals if you get bitten - blame the ignorant people who have fed them. Carolyn43
  • Score: 44

9:11am Mon 2 Jun 14

vyper says...

It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid.
It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid. vyper
  • Score: -22

9:17am Mon 2 Jun 14

southbourne lover says...

If you must feed the ducks find a pond where there are no donkeys or ponies.
If you must feed the ducks find a pond where there are no donkeys or ponies. southbourne lover
  • Score: 24

9:19am Mon 2 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

vyper wrote:
It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid.
I didn't say THESE people were feeding the donkeys - I said don't feed them but blame people who HAVE fed them, not the donkeys. Because of people who HAVE fed them, they associate people with food. So they see people and expect them to have food and act aggressively if there is none. They don't think in the same way that humans do - and some humans just don't think.
[quote][p][bold]vyper[/bold] wrote: It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid.[/p][/quote]I didn't say THESE people were feeding the donkeys - I said don't feed them but blame people who HAVE fed them, not the donkeys. Because of people who HAVE fed them, they associate people with food. So they see people and expect them to have food and act aggressively if there is none. They don't think in the same way that humans do - and some humans just don't think. Carolyn43
  • Score: 32

9:19am Mon 2 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

vyper wrote:
It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid.
MORON, . . . Thats why the donkeys get agressive because they are not getting the food
[quote][p][bold]vyper[/bold] wrote: It doesn't say anyone was feeding the donkeys! One man was being pestered for food and the poor lady was trying to feed the ducks. If the ducks had turned aggressive your points, in this context would be valid.[/p][/quote]MORON, . . . Thats why the donkeys get agressive because they are not getting the food RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 17

9:24am Mon 2 Jun 14

hooplaa says...

Give them a dispersal order!
Give them a dispersal order! hooplaa
  • Score: -5

9:28am Mon 2 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

southbourne lover wrote:
If you must feed the ducks find a pond where there are no donkeys or ponies.
And if you must feed the ducks, give them appropriate food. Not bread which is intended for humans, not for birds. It is pure carbohydrate which can cause them to put on weight, sometimes to the extent that they can't fly. It causes them to defecate more and that leaves more duck poo around which can carry disease.

Would you eat what ducks eat naturally? Would you eat the grass that donkeys and other herbivores eat? The answer is probably no. So don't give animals what humans eat. It might give people satisfaction to feed animals, but it's no good for the digestion or behaviour of animals.
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: If you must feed the ducks find a pond where there are no donkeys or ponies.[/p][/quote]And if you must feed the ducks, give them appropriate food. Not bread which is intended for humans, not for birds. It is pure carbohydrate which can cause them to put on weight, sometimes to the extent that they can't fly. It causes them to defecate more and that leaves more duck poo around which can carry disease. Would you eat what ducks eat naturally? Would you eat the grass that donkeys and other herbivores eat? The answer is probably no. So don't give animals what humans eat. It might give people satisfaction to feed animals, but it's no good for the digestion or behaviour of animals. Carolyn43
  • Score: 20

10:00am Mon 2 Jun 14

LordLilliput says...

Why are you commenters taking this story seriously? Re-read the opening paragraph again.. these are DONKEYS we're talking about not a pack of dogs. No one has been seriously injured, at worst they've had a nip solely because they've walked into 'donkey arena' with food, refused to feed them and probably shouted at the things to go away.

This, and the previous story reads like an exert from a Viz comic, get real Echo.. ATTACK OF THE KILLER DONKEYS.. give me a break.
Why are you commenters taking this story seriously? Re-read the opening paragraph again.. these are DONKEYS we're talking about not a pack of dogs. No one has been seriously injured, at worst they've had a nip solely because they've walked into 'donkey arena' with food, refused to feed them and probably shouted at the things to go away. This, and the previous story reads like an exert from a Viz comic, get real Echo.. ATTACK OF THE KILLER DONKEYS.. give me a break. LordLilliput
  • Score: 30

10:14am Mon 2 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Perhaps this group of anti social donkeys are retaliating for the years of abuse they have suffered from the small percentage of scumbags who find it funny to ill treat them.
Perhaps this group of anti social donkeys are retaliating for the years of abuse they have suffered from the small percentage of scumbags who find it funny to ill treat them. Hessenford
  • Score: 18

10:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag.
Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither.
Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag. Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

10:31am Mon 2 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag.
Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither.
Everybody - just stop feeding ducks, donkeys and all the other animals.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag. Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither.[/p][/quote]Everybody - just stop feeding ducks, donkeys and all the other animals. Carolyn43
  • Score: 16

10:47am Mon 2 Jun 14

echor23 says...

I feel for the people who had been 'attacked' albeit I put the word attack lightly as an animal in the forest is wild and hence people should address this act not sometimes but always!
Living in the forest people do on a day to day basis live worth these animals side by side but we know they are wild and not to be tampered with in any shape or form. Donkeys are actually known to be acutely stubborn and can be aggressive and horses also will attack when they feel any threat at all. People still feed them though, people still go to have their pictures taken with them and throw food to them and it is so so dangerous.
Please remember that the forest is primarily the animals land, they live there in the wild and yes this attack so awful but don't start the need to address that there is a particularly wild and aggressive form of donkey or horse! They live there, they eat and reside there, always remember they are wild!
I feel for the people who had been 'attacked' albeit I put the word attack lightly as an animal in the forest is wild and hence people should address this act not sometimes but always! Living in the forest people do on a day to day basis live worth these animals side by side but we know they are wild and not to be tampered with in any shape or form. Donkeys are actually known to be acutely stubborn and can be aggressive and horses also will attack when they feel any threat at all. People still feed them though, people still go to have their pictures taken with them and throw food to them and it is so so dangerous. Please remember that the forest is primarily the animals land, they live there in the wild and yes this attack so awful but don't start the need to address that there is a particularly wild and aggressive form of donkey or horse! They live there, they eat and reside there, always remember they are wild! echor23
  • Score: 14

10:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

These are not domesticated animals, they kick and bite. Keep well away from them.
These are not domesticated animals, they kick and bite. Keep well away from them. Frank28
  • Score: 13

11:18am Mon 2 Jun 14

smhinto says...

I take it that these people are employee's 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 ??
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The poor Donkeys probably had their club-card cancelled of which added to their vexation.
I take it that these people are employee's 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 ?? . The poor Donkeys probably had their club-card cancelled of which added to their vexation. smhinto
  • Score: 2

11:34am Mon 2 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

It's not the donkeys fault. They are looking for food and people are a good source. You can't blame a dumb animal or the donkeys
It's not the donkeys fault. They are looking for food and people are a good source. You can't blame a dumb animal or the donkeys bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 16

12:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

goatty says...

Another total of rubbish from this rag.
Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite.
Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!!
Another total of rubbish from this rag. Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite. Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!! goatty
  • Score: 15

12:37pm Mon 2 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Next, there'll be a story about aggressive bees stinging people who come too close to their hives!
Next, there'll be a story about aggressive bees stinging people who come too close to their hives! speedy231278
  • Score: 12

12:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

Why was she running by a donkey close enough to bite her?
Why was she running by a donkey close enough to bite her? Azphreal
  • Score: 14

12:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

stevobath says...

goatty wrote:
Another total of rubbish from this rag.
Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite.
Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!!
There are no wild donkeys in UK.
[quote][p][bold]goatty[/bold] wrote: Another total of rubbish from this rag. Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite. Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!![/p][/quote]There are no wild donkeys in UK. stevobath
  • Score: -5

12:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

stevobath says...

RM wrote:
Very sorry for both the victims & hope they recover but that is why there's notices everywhere in the New Forest telling people not to feed the animals - tourists feeding them gives them the impression that humans are there to give them treats. & they react badly if no treats are forthcoming. Yes, both the ponies & donkies are very cute but they are wild, not domesticated & house trained pets. Do people go into fields to give individual sheep & cows treats? No - nor should they feed the ponies.
They're not wild. No wild donkeys in UK.

Agree with the no feeding though. People tend to feed the wrong things to these donkeys. Even the those who feed ducks etc get it wrong.

When I was young it was always grain to feed to the ducks, never bread!
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: Very sorry for both the victims & hope they recover but that is why there's notices everywhere in the New Forest telling people not to feed the animals - tourists feeding them gives them the impression that humans are there to give them treats. & they react badly if no treats are forthcoming. Yes, both the ponies & donkies are very cute but they are wild, not domesticated & house trained pets. Do people go into fields to give individual sheep & cows treats? No - nor should they feed the ponies.[/p][/quote]They're not wild. No wild donkeys in UK. Agree with the no feeding though. People tend to feed the wrong things to these donkeys. Even the those who feed ducks etc get it wrong. When I was young it was always grain to feed to the ducks, never bread! stevobath
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Pablo23 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag.
Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither.
"Why create animal jealously", well put.

A donkey that is jealous of a duck is an unpredictable beast and not one that I would risk hanging out around.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Look it's quite simple, if you are going to feed the ducks then take a bag of carrots for the donkeys too. They are only about a quid a bag. Why create animal jealousy, feed both, or neither.[/p][/quote]"Why create animal jealously", well put. A donkey that is jealous of a duck is an unpredictable beast and not one that I would risk hanging out around. Pablo23
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

nickster says...

One held me up at a cashpoint the other night & demanded I withdrew another £50 to feed his Donkey nip habit. Neighhhhhh I said.

I wasn't having any of it tho - he then kicked me up the ****
One held me up at a cashpoint the other night & demanded I withdrew another £50 to feed his Donkey nip habit. Neighhhhhh I said. I wasn't having any of it tho - he then kicked me up the **** nickster
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

hooplaa wrote:
Give them a dispersal order!
What for? Being an A55
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Give them a dispersal order![/p][/quote]What for? Being an A55 HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -3

7:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dream big says...

I cannot understand why 'townies' feel the need to feed any animal no matter whether it's running loose in the forest or in a paddock on private land .
I cannot understand why 'townies' feel the need to feed any animal no matter whether it's running loose in the forest or in a paddock on private land . Dream big
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Gingertree says...

The 12 year old was running so probably startled the poor creature but A at 12 should know better and B is it not blinding obvious that you shouldn't run around near wild animals I'll bet a pound to a penny she was one of those kids that frightens the life out of birds by chasing them around too
The 12 year old was running so probably startled the poor creature but A at 12 should know better and B is it not blinding obvious that you shouldn't run around near wild animals I'll bet a pound to a penny she was one of those kids that frightens the life out of birds by chasing them around too Gingertree
  • Score: 3

9:46pm Mon 2 Jun 14

nickynoodah says...

Don't act the goat George
you can't feed yourself let alone a goat or a duck
don't forget your bin tomorrow.
you know it is.
Don't act the goat George you can't feed yourself let alone a goat or a duck don't forget your bin tomorrow. you know it is. nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

12:35am Tue 3 Jun 14

Tango Charlie says...

These animals are allowed to roam wild. They scavenge. The advice from the Verders for years have been to keep your distance. You wouldn't get out of your car in Longleat to stroke a Rhinoceros, it looks big and scary! Two weeks ago a child had her nose kicked off by a horse at Kingston Maurard Collage. These animals can be just as dangerous. For pity's sake, if you are not used to handling them, keep away!
These animals are allowed to roam wild. They scavenge. The advice from the Verders for years have been to keep your distance. You wouldn't get out of your car in Longleat to stroke a Rhinoceros, it looks big and scary! Two weeks ago a child had her nose kicked off by a horse at Kingston Maurard Collage. These animals can be just as dangerous. For pity's sake, if you are not used to handling them, keep away! Tango Charlie
  • Score: 6

8:50am Tue 3 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

This was bound to happen when the New Forest became a National Park. No one is stopping the tourists feeding these animals, which belong to commoners who live in the forest. Feeding them is making them go round cars more so they are in more danger of being run over and they get fed the same muck these ignorant townies eat themselves, crisps cakes, whatever, no consideration for the animals.
The people running the National Parks are just faceless beaureaucrats with no respect for the forest, its animals or its people. All they are interested in is making it as easy as possible for as many Londoners as can be squeezed in to get into the forest every weekend and muck it up!
This was bound to happen when the New Forest became a National Park. No one is stopping the tourists feeding these animals, which belong to commoners who live in the forest. Feeding them is making them go round cars more so they are in more danger of being run over and they get fed the same muck these ignorant townies eat themselves, crisps cakes, whatever, no consideration for the animals. The people running the National Parks are just faceless beaureaucrats with no respect for the forest, its animals or its people. All they are interested in is making it as easy as possible for as many Londoners as can be squeezed in to get into the forest every weekend and muck it up! ashleycross
  • Score: 6

12:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dorset Logic says...

stevobath wrote:
goatty wrote:
Another total of rubbish from this rag.
Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite.
Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!!
There are no wild donkeys in UK.
These were one up from wild, livid
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goatty[/bold] wrote: Another total of rubbish from this rag. Why even bother printing such garbage???? They are wild animals and yes they do bite. Could guarantee after reading the headline there would have to be a child screaming!!![/p][/quote]There are no wild donkeys in UK.[/p][/quote]These were one up from wild, livid Dorset Logic
  • Score: -1

10:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

Probably been buying 'magic mushrooms' from the wild boar that now own the Forest turf.
It's not been safe since THEY returned to the forest!
At least the ponies weren't selling 'pure' halucinogenics, to my knowledge and policed their own activities fairly.
When will this madness end??
Probably been buying 'magic mushrooms' from the wild boar that now own the Forest turf. It's not been safe since THEY returned to the forest! At least the ponies weren't selling 'pure' halucinogenics, to my knowledge and policed their own activities fairly. When will this madness end?? canfordcherry
  • Score: -4

11:42am Sun 8 Jun 14

Buzetti says...

nickster wrote:
One held me up at a cashpoint the other night & demanded I withdrew another £50 to feed his Donkey nip habit. Neighhhhhh I said.

I wasn't having any of it tho - he then kicked me up the ****
Was it Ee, yore some other donkey?
[quote][p][bold]nickster[/bold] wrote: One held me up at a cashpoint the other night & demanded I withdrew another £50 to feed his Donkey nip habit. Neighhhhhh I said. I wasn't having any of it tho - he then kicked me up the ****[/p][/quote]Was it Ee, yore some other donkey? Buzetti
  • Score: 0

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