Tania the foal made it. Thanks to the intensive care of our doctors, she gained more that 20 kg and the coat we gave her during her first days at the shelter is too small now. Unfortunately the donkey who remained with the family has died a few days ago due to lack of care and freezing cold. We tried to get him but we couldn’t convince the owner.
A few more days and Tania would have died from cold and hunger. Her owners, a traveller family that lives in a makeshift hut on the outskirts of Cernavoda, had let one of their horses mate, regardless that the animals were already underfed and sick. Sadly Tania’s mother, who had undergone free medical care with STD, died a few weeks after giving birth. After a long negotiation, our vet managed to convince the family to donate Tania in an exchange for a large quantity of hay for the other horse and donkey also belonging to them. Tania was immediately moved to the refuge in Cernavoda where she is now receiving all necessary medical care.
Unfortunately the owner’s other horse died today (in a situation of profound deterioration tied to alcholism and psychological problems) and our team is trying to free the donkey that also risks to die of hunger and cold.
The images speak for themselves. It is important to remember that the owner, at the time that Nouri’s liberty was purchased, told us that the horse “lacked appetite”. As demonstrated by these photos, Nouri’s “lack of appetite” has miraculously disappeared and today she is changed beyond recognition. Even the aggressiveness she demonstrated towards people has considerably diminished.
Nouri “at work”, in the Ali Babà quarter of Medgidia.
During a day of search in a degraded district of Megdidia, we happened to spot a particularly thin and worn-out horse hauling a cart.
Once the owner’s willingness to sell the horse was tested, we hastened to set an appointment with the owner for the following day in order to discuss the price and conclude the handing over of the horse.
At 07:00 the following day, in company of STD’s Montecarlo representative, Ute Schopperl (who in the meantime had offered to pay the “ransom” for the poor animal) and its veterinarian in Cernavoda, Vali Georgescu, we arrived back in the so-called “Alì Babà ” quarter in search of the horse’s owner, hoping that he had not changed his mind about selling the horse. Our veterinarian, in charge of the negotiation, managed to reach a price of 400 RON or approximately 120 Euros for the purchase of the female horse.
During the course of his conversation with Vali, the owner surprisingly talked at length about the care he had provided the animal (despite his best efforts the horse didn’t seem to put on weight…) and he “warned” us to take “good” care of her. The horse was clearly malnourished and full of scars, leaving us with a good idea of the type of “care” the owner provided the horse. A few minutes later, our Medgidia team arrived on the scene and loaded the horse (re-named Nouri by Ute) into the Association’s van.
While we were waiting in the car with Ute (to avoid, among other things, bringing attention to our presence—two foreigners—which would have made the asking price of the horse increase), approximately ten gypsies of Turkish ethnicity surrounded the van. The gypsies, becoming increasingly intrigued and pushy with respect to the van and the car, caused us to leave the quarter hastily.
Nouri was transported to the shelter in Cernavoda, where she made acquaintance with the three donkeys, Salvo, Nicu and Rigoletto and then was examined and treated by our veterinarian.
Since then, Nouri (nourished in the best way possible thanks to Ute, who adopted her at a distance), she has regained a great deal of her physical form and only one month later she is already unrecognisable.
We would like to have the space and the resources sufficient enough to house a growing number of mistreated horses, but with the arrival of Nouri, our structures have reached their maximum capacity. We hope to be able to do more for these splendid animals in the future.