Dec/08

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DONKEY HIT BY CAR FOUND DEAD

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This donkey was hit by a car a few days ago in Medgidia. Unfortunately our local team couldn’t help him. There are many working donkeys in Medgidia and often they are victims (as well as horses) of Romanian drivers who drive at a very high speed also in town.

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Eventually our 25 donkeys have moved to the new land on the hills nearby Cernavoda. The equines have been rescued in Constanza province during last 6 months, after 21 lucky donkeys left for the Italian Rifugio degli Asinelli. Actually the animals share an area of 10.000 sm and’ two shelters, but they will soon have brand new stables imported directly from England and provided by the Donkey Sanctuary.

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In the meantime, two staff members’ of the English organisation have spent one week in Cernavoda selecting and training the personnel who will look after the donkeys. The holding base managed by STD will host a maximum of’ 30 donkeys, a number that will be reached in a short time considering the high rate of abandoned animals in the province. The project is enterily sponsored by the Donkey Sanctuary, who is providing equipment, know how and funds for the first Romanian holding base.

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Who could forget Sheila, who arrived at the shelter last October in Cernavoda with her abdomen sliced open (probably by someone involved in a dispute with her owner)? And who would have ever thought that she’  (who at the time underwent a long and complicated surgery and who was already in her first month of pregnancy) would have given birth a few months later to Filippo? Here he is in the picture just a few days after his birth. He was born naturally at the Rifugio degli Asinelli (the Donkey Refuge) of Sala Biellese, the gorgeous donkey reserve financed by the organisation, Donkey Sanctuary. It was feared that Sheila would have complications during labour as a result of the consequences of her surgery. For this reason, she was added to the group of donkeys that departed for Italy last February. A big thank you goes out to Luca, the veterinarian, and all of Barbara’s aides for the loving care given to Filippo and all of the shelter’s Romanian “guests”.

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