Saturday, 6 December 2014

New Forest road safety campaign donkey killed by car

The foal's mother, Doll, is said to be mourning the loss of Jo-Jo and had to be "chased away" from the scene where she was killed

By Keith Perry

11:30PM GMT 05 Dec 2014

A white donkey foal that had been used to promote road safety in the New Forest has died after being knocked down by a car.

Jo-Jo was six months old and was well known among residents of Brockenhurst after she was born in the middle of the road.

The foal had taken part in a Drive Safe event at Brockenhurst College earlier this year - to raise awareness about the risks of hitting animals while driving at high speeds in the New Forest.

The car that killed her was being driven in a 30mph zone and a petition has been set up calling for a reduction in the speed limit.

Ponies, donkeys, cattle and pigs, owned by commoners, have roamed free in the forest for centuries. In 2013, there were 182 collisions involving livestock in the national park, resulting in 72 animal deaths.

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