Footage filmed by Turkish news DHA in the rural village Siverek shows the unattended donkeys encrusted by snow, with icicles hanging off their flank.
The five donkeys stand so still, as they huddle together for warmth, that they appear to have literally frozen solid.
Siverek is located in the Sanliurfa province in south-eastern Turkey, which experiences some of the country's harshest winter conditions.
Fortunately, the donkey's chilling tale has a heart-warming ending.
After photos of their plight were shared online, Siverek governor Hamza Erkal and Mayor Ali Murat Bucak sent a six-person team to rescue them.
When the team found the donkeys, some of them were so cold they were unable to walk and had to be carried to a truck, which took them to an animal shelter.
Housed in a warm stable, the donkeys were fed and checked by a vet.
The rescue team was instructed to stay alert for other abandoned animals in the area.
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