"Happiness has long ears" - July 2015

July 16, 2015



PEPE was sold when he was a few months old. Left alone he fretted and was again sold to kind people who saw him ridden by a large man when was just under one year of age. A week to this horror PEPE was gelded without anaesthetic. He trusted nobody. He avoided all humans. DWWH was asked to take him and it took weeks of slow approach to capture him, and deliver him safely. Years of tlc were necessary to teach PEPE that he was safe and secure. He is still nervous of strangers but a pleasure to volunteers he knows and trusts.

Sponsor donkey of the month - July 2015
ANNI is a small, grey jenny born in December 2001 on the Central Coast NSW and was sold by her breeder at 3 months of age to a novice, private owner.
Anni had never been handled and was bundled into a box trailer with a canopy to travel to her new home, where she was released to run freely on 5 eroded acres, void of any sustenance for a little donkey.
A neighbour offered to 'catch' little Anni and since there were no stockyards or pens or stables to utilise, he and a group of other neighbours bulldogged the tiny weaning to the ground, terrifying her of every human from that moment on.
Anni learned to evade the neighbour's subsequent bulldogging attempts, so she was never wormed, groomed, touched and loved. Anni became lonely, abandoned, noisy and one neighbour threatened to shoot her. Anni's owner was desperate for help and contacted DWWH in December 2003.
Sharon Grunwald and Christine Berry responded and visited the little donkey hoping to lend a hand. Once the whole story unfolded, and little Anni would not come within 5 acres of a human, the owner realised she should be the kindest person and surrender her into our care for handling. A strategic plan was devised to catch and confine Anni.
The volunteers towed a float and portable stockyards to the acreage, setting up the yards with a donkey-friendly wide opening and a portion of hay and fresh water bucket within, to entice the very hungry little Anni into the yards.
The calm containment of Anni took a week and once the yards could be closed the float was positioned so that Anni had no choice but enter it if she wanted to eat.
The closing of the float's rear door was a joyous moment, and very swift!
The opening of the door at the ICU was not! In decades of handling and catching wild and wicked donkeys, never had Sharon and Christine met one like Anni. She could instinctively kick a human through a corrugated iron wall that was not rusted. When cornered her teeth were applied to any portion of human skin or anatomy with bone crushing, vicious intent.
Having spent a very long time in ICU Anni refused to make a special friend and rehearsed her highland fling protests at every opportunity, resisting halter wearing, deworming (mind the teeth), and hoof trimming mimmicked hand grenade explosions. A grooming brush was a tool of torture or so she thought.
With all the patience and caution when entering her 'space', Anni eventually graduated from boot camp. She is shy, has gained trust in the volunteers she knows and is a loved member of our special rehabilitation group.
Anni was moved from ICU in 2014 with her donkey Anni was moved from ICU in 2014 with her dorehab-family to a property where she has shown bouts of stress via her unusual hoof growth and development patterns. Occasinally acclimatising take a year, so we were observing her religiously. Anni is not overweight and chaff is the only ration that she receives after grooming and socialising.
Perhaps Anni's problem is environmental, or a reaction to a particular favourite grass species on the land. A unanimous volunteers' decision was reached, (when the excessive growth of her hoofs and apparent abnormalities in just two weeks were discovered), that Anni return to a very dry area in the ICU which is where she is currently residing. She is responding to treatment and hoof care but these issues take many months to repair. She is enjoying her return to her first 'kind' home with DWWH.
Please help Anni if you can. Every cent you donate goes directly to the care of the donkeys.

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