Na­tiv­ity An­gel mauled to death


A Na­tiv­ity don­key called An­gel was mauled by dogs just hours af­ter her first Christ­mas show – and her owner says she was too much of a ‘‘princess’’ to fight back.

The two-year-old was found bloody and mauled – pre­sum­ably by dogs – be­hind St Matthews Angli­can Church in Mor­rinsville on Christ­mas Day, and had to be put down, owner Val Riches said.

‘‘She never kicked any­thing in her life and she had dogs that were friends,’’ Riches said. ‘‘But then she prob­a­bly needed to kick. I mean, she prob­a­bly fought for her life. But it wasn’t enough.’’

She had been a sweet and gen­tle pet, yet, slight sassy pet, Riches said.

‘‘She liked com­pany. She thought she was a princess. She would go around and tell the horses that she was boss.’’

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