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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 Baby Donkey
Baby Bella's Journey of Survival
Baby Bella came to us in need of some TLC from a irresponsible breeder. She suffered from severe frostbite and hypothermia on one of our recent -15 degree Minnesota nights.
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 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 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.
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, stopping only for fuel and to administer her IV meds. The expenses are extremely high, and continue to rise as she recovers from this very rare surgery, along with a long road to recovery of future medical expenses and prosthetic fittings as she grows.
She was given only a temporary prosthesis, and will be fitted for her real prosthetic leg by Hanger Prosthetics therefore, we are raising funds for that at this time. This is needed to prevent her other legs from weight shifting damage.
Veterinarians are learning so much from Bella on how to treat Donkey's, along with amputations. 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 put to sleep.
Bella has played a huge part in the data & research for other Donkeys in medical need, along with equine amputation's.
*Bella is rare indeed, we believe she is only the 2nd donkey to ever receive a prosthetic leg.
She will continue her journey helping others in need with disabilities by visiting Children's Hospitals, Nursing Homes & other functions.
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 60lb Miniature Donkey that has proven to us all that she WANTS to be here.
Thank you for all those kind and caring people out there that have helped and continue to help Bella!
PLEASE HELP BELLA
With your kind donation, she can receive her permanent prosthesis!
Please see the Donation ICONS below through PayPal, along with the address's for where donations are also being excepted.
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.
You can also donate by calling
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN EQUINE HOSPITAL
in Sheridan WY at 1-307-674-8387
or by mail 510 College Meadow Dr
Thank you very much!
February video of Bella on her temporary leg doing excellent!
A day after surgery
Baby Bella had her mold picked up from Hanger prosthetic company last week to be fabricated into a pediatric fitted limb.
It will take them 2-3 weeks they say to make.
Bella is doing great, and was taken off all her pain meds and has no signs of discomfort! She is walking on her temp limb really good.
She made her debut, being filmed by the news as well.
Bella was also featured in Horse & Man
Bella made prime time News in WY, an ABC affiliate.