This Woman Saved a Donkey and her Foal from Death

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– We call donkeys the forgotten equine. Horses are thought of as majestic. Zebras are thought of as exotic. And then there’s the donkey. It’s often ridiculed and made fun of. (braying) Welcome to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. We are home to 86 donkeys
and 14 mules and hinnies. I’ve fallen absolutely in love. They really are part of my heart and so much of my life now. Does that feel good? Yeah. Donkeys have value. They have feelings. They have souls. Uma is trying to get way too
much attention right now. (braying) (pleasant string music) Donkeys all have different personalities. They’re just like us. Some will approach right away. They’ll say, hi, I’d
really like to meet you. Others will stay back. Hi, love. Who are much more shy. Are we gonna approach? There’s some who can get really grumpy. Oh, oh, you were having a nap. I’m sorry. Most of the donkeys and
mules that we rescue here, they end up as really happy stories. They come in, we’re able
to rehabilitate them. Hi, Diamond. How are you, girl? Diamond was a case of neglect, a case of someone just not
knowing how to care for a donkey. She could barely stand up, and she was found with
her very young foal. They were malnourished. And when she came in we
found out very quickly that she was pregnant as well. We really worried for what
would happen to her baby. Within the year we rehabilitated them, and we made sure that they
were brought back to life. I’m happy to say that Diamond’s foal Flint was born as a healthy boy. Donkeys are often labeled
as stubborn or stupid, but they’re actually quite clever animals. They always take time to
stop and analyze a situation, and decide whether they should run or whether they should stay and fight. They’re going to see
what the bigger risk is. Is the bigger risk the
prey that’s coming at me? Or is the bigger risk
that I’m not going to have food or water for many miles if I do run? If someone is saying to us that a donkey is stupid or stubborn, it’s probably ’cause they’ve
been outsmarted by them. (braying) Donkeys have huge ears. They are form North Africa. They travel in small groups. They have to be able to hear each other from really long distances. They can hear each other
up to 60 miles away. I equate it a little bit to a satellite. So wherever something’s
going on, the ears will move. Horses neigh, whereas donkeys bray. We’re in the paddock
with hinnies and mules. So mules are hybrid. (braying)
(laughing) They have an interesting bray. A mule has a horse for its mother, whereas a hinny has a
donkey for its mother. You tell a horse, you ask a donkey, and you negotiate with a mule. So that’s one of the
sayings we have around here. Are you having a good day? Juno came to us many years ago. She had been severely abused. She was one of the worst
cases we had ever seen. Her owner used to hit her with a shovel to get her to do the things
that he needed her to do. She, of course, did not respond well. The only thing that happened is that she became terrified of people, and any kind of tools that they use. We’ve worked many years with Juno, and she’s just barely
able to be around people. Donkeys don’t forget. Donkeys remember for years and years. Juno has one of the
most interesting brays. (Juno braying) It sounds a little bit like
an opera singer training. Juno has bonded with a
couple of our other donkeys. There’s still a lot of
work to be done with Juno, but she’s come a long way. No cuddles today? Do I get cuddles? We put our blood, sweat,
and tears into this. There are tens of thousands, if not even close to a million in Canada that could use our help. We are determined to save the next one. We’re determined to rescue the next one, rehabilitate it, and allow it to live a rich life that it deserves. (pleasant acoustic music) (braying)


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