Donkey birthday near Leduc

A couple who are residents of the Nisku area attended an auction in March, and had no idea they rescued an animal from the slaughterhouse.

LITTLE ONE - Trista Blair pets her one-day-old jenny

LITTLE ONE - Trista Blair pets her one-day-old jenny

When a young couple who are residents of the Nisku area attended the Thorsby Horse Auction in March, they had no idea they were about to rescue an animal from the slaughterhouse.

Fond of horses, Trista Blair and her counterpart Jeremy Kapicki attended the auction with their young daughter Oaken, more out of curiosity than with a definite plan to add another horse to their small herd. A surprise item had been added to the auction: a load of donkeys had been dropped off and sadly, some of them were not in the greatest shape.

A small brown donkey caught their daughter’s attention; when they placed the first bid on it, they suddenly became the owners of a pretty, miniature “Jenny”, a female donkey. Only after the auction were they told that this donkey, which had been neglected and was in need of serious care for her damaged hooves, was pregnant.

They took her home, provided the necessary treatment to her damaged legs –care which is still in progress- and proceeded to tame her with daily doses of love and treats. “Precious Giddyup” thrived in this positive environment and quickly got attached to Oaken and her nearby cousins.

In the early morning of Wednesday June 24, “Precious” the jenny gave birth to a delicate and healthy little girl. Baby and mother were doing well when this reporter, a long-time family friend and animal lover was invited to visit the next day. After her protective mood of the precious day, the proud momma allowed visitors to take a hundred photos and to even pet her and “Duckie”, her little princess, a tiny creature with a soft grey coat and pretty white facial markings. Her owners had already spent sweet moments with them the night before, and the little one showed signs of a seriously tame disposition.

Best wishes and thanks are offered to Trista and Jeremy for allowing us and our Pipestone Flyer readers a close-up view of this adorable pair in their lovely country setting.

 

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