It was announced that the world's oldest mule passed away in Cork at 56-years of age.In a statement, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland said: “Tootsie - who came to our sanctuary in 1992 - was always a lively character who was first to the trough and took no nonsense from other donkeys and mules.” “In the past few years, Tootsie lived in our elderly donkey group at Hannigan's Farm.”
Releasing a statement, a spokesperson for The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland said: “Over the past few weeks, due to Tootsie’s age, his liver started to fail.”
The mule was put on liver support medications and supplements but unfortunately, he did not respond.
“Due to his age and the fact that Tootsie would not get better, the difficult decision was made on Friday (March 1st) to put him to sleep,” said the spokesperson."As throughout his life at our sanctuary, in his last moments, Tootsie was surrounded by vet and farm staff who had loved and cared for him.”
“Tootsie will always be remembered here as a small, independently minded mule who was much loved by staff and supporters alike.” The spokesperson concluded.
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