Bella Burro
The 3 Legged Donkey

A True Story of Strength & Courage
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"True Strength is Measured by the Depth of Your Soul,
Your Beauty by the Size of Your Heart,
And Your Character by Your Kindness"​​​
~Author Bella Burro
Baby Bella's Journey of Survival
Baby Bella came to her home in Minnesota, in much needed help.
​ She was very under weight and severely anemic. Sadly, she was taken away from her mother at only 2 months old by an irresponsible breeder, left to fend for herself.
​Because she came into the harsh Minnesota winter so sickly, it only took the 1st snowfall and an early, record low temperature, to have her suffer from severe frostbite and hypothermia.
She spent the next several days at the University of Minnesota Equine Hospital getting her stabilized. ​
She fought hard to regain her strength, but sadly her rear leg suffered severe frost bite damage and needed to be amputated immediately to save her life.
They have never done this surgery on a donkey at the U of MN.... matter fact, not too many Vets have due to the fact that donkeys are valued much less then that of a horse. The Surgeon referred us to Dr Vlahos & Dr Parkes at The Rocky Mountain Equine Center in Sheridan WY, USA for this rare surgery. He is well known in the industry for equine amputations with a high success rate. It was his first Donkey!
Because we love Bella, and she has been a true fighter with a HUGE will to survive, we brought her all the way to Wyoming, 1000 miles away, stopping only for fuel and to administer her IV meds.
We arrived with little Bella in our back seat at 9:00pm to the Wyoming hospital, and not a minute too ​​soon. She was rushed into surgery for her rare amputation.
The surgery was a success​ and little Bella begun the next 3 months at the hospital recovering and relearning to how to walk.
She was a very popular and a much loved character at the hospital, and the staff was sad to see her go back to her home in Minnesota.
The vet noted​ one favorite thing about Bella...He said, "We can be in surgery, doing a precise procedure in a quite surgery room, and all of a sudden you hear a loud and comical HEEHAA from the barn where Bella was". Donkey's are just special, that's for sure.
Little sweet Bella has been enjoying her home with her own private mini barn all equipped with a handicapped ramp and all her daily special needs care.​​
She LOVES people, her apple treats & getting brushed. She get visits by Hanger Inc. for her prosthetic adjustments and has her own care team at the Vet Clinic.​

*Bella is rare indeed, she is only the 2nd miniature donkey that we know of in the world, to ever receive a prosthetic leg. Matter fact, Hanger Inc, the same prosthetic company that made Bella's leg, also made Winter's Tail. The Dolphin fin.

Bella will continue her journey ​​helping others in need through inspiration, by visiting Children's Hospitals, Nursing Homes & other functions.
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We understand that Bella is not a $100,000 race horse, nor a fancy show horse....she isn't even a pampered lap dog. She is merely a humble, kind natured, little 80 lb Miniature Donkey that has proven to us that if you believe in yourself & work hard, everything will be ok!

On a side note.....
​Bella has played a huge part in the data & research for other Donkeys in medical need, along with equine amputation's.
​ There is VERY little knowledge in the medical field in regards to Donkeys, which is sad because they have been domesticated for over 6,000 years! They are almost always just put to sleep.
Go Bella!!​
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If you would like to help BELLA with her ongoing prosthetic fitting costs. Please click on the PayPal link.


Thank you!

The Christian story of the Donkey's Cross on their backs...
Many people do not realize, this humble creature has been touched by the hand of God.
Donkey's have been mentioned throughout the Bible and was chosen on several occasions to accompany Jesus in his journey's. The Donkey is a humble, kind natured creature that in today's world, get's very little attention.
They do not have the beauty of a horse with flowing manes and tails. You cannot race them on a track, nor bring them to the war front.
However, they were chosen by God over all the other animals to accompany him. ​​
​Being a long time equine owner, I never knew how special Donkey's were, until I owned one myself. I can now see how very kind they are when treated with respect. They are very intelligent, and form strong bonds.
A Biblical quote, along with their legend.
"Bring me the colt of a Donkey ", was the Master's request. A young Donkey was brought to Jesus to carry him through Jerusalem
A week later Jesus was ordered to be crucified.
The little Donkey so loved the Lord that he wanted to help him carry the cross
But alas, he was pushed away. The sad little Donkey waited to say goodbye until nearly all had left. As he turned to leave, the shadow of the cross fell across his back and shoulders, and there it had remained. A tribute to the loyalty and love of one of the humblest of all Gods creatures.​​​​​
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Day 1 Fighting for life
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​​Bella was also featured in
Bella made primetime News in WY, an ABC affiliate.
http://horseandman.com/bucket-fund-stories/finally-update-bella-made-onto-news-love-hospital-new-leg-arrive-next-week/02/24/2014/
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​Bella was also featured on FOX News Nationwide from...
MyFoxOrlando.com to
FoxPhilly.com! All over the Nation... TX to CA to NY. This little Donk gets around!​​
Search "Wyoming Donkey", for the news Fox segment.​
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