|Posted by PrimRose on August 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
This is PrimRose Sheila's first rescued donkey. PrimRose pulled a cart at Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first years of her life and was then a guard donkey at a few different farms. At 21 years old PrimRose and her daughter Jilly were unwanted. Sheila adopted PrimRose and there began many years of rescuing donkeys and the establishment of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. Jilly became a companion for a race horse and PrimRose became Sheila's confidante. Primrose is an ambassador for the sanctuary going to fundraising events, walking in parades and visiting seniors' homes. PrimRose is going to be 43 years and on August 20th 2017 there will be a birthday party at the sanctuary from 1-4pm. All are invited, there will be baked goods and tours offered. Donations are always greatly accepted.
|Posted by PrimRose on August 9, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
These are some Donkey words and definitions
Colt is a male donkey less then four years old
Filly is a female donkey less then four years old
Yearling is a male or female of one to two years old
Foal is a male or female up to one year old
Gelding is a castrated male
Mare is a female
Stallion is a male donkey not castrated
Jack is a male donkey
Jenny or jennet is a female donkey
Other related words are
Molly is a female mule
Mule has donkey father and a horse mother
Hinny has a donkey mother and a horse father
|Posted by PrimRose on August 7, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
Wilson is a hinny having a donkey for a mother and a horse for dad. In certain light a faint cross is visible along his spine. Wilson lives with his good friend Gordon hinny, Austin mule and Sheema miniature horse. These four friends do not mix with the donkeys well: Wilson loves to chase and nip at them creating havoc. He is territorial even when donkeys come near the fence. As a result they are kept on their own with hay, salt, shelter and water. Here Wilson is rolling in the dirt to prevent fly bites. He's craning his neck to see what I am doing behind him because one of the other animals, in particular Gordon, might be getting attention or food that Wilson feels entitled to! Guaranteed he would have to get up if that were the case!
|Posted by PrimRose on August 1, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
This is Bernice an elderly Nubian Goat. She lives part of the year with Preston goat, Vanna White goat and Kitty Lamonte sheep outside the barn. Unfortunately, as winter rolls around, Preston and Vanna will not share the shelter with Bernice and she would not survive the winter. The first winter Bernice was in a stall in the barn she became very sad and depressed so Kitty was moved in with her to keep her company. When Kitty and Bernice move outside in the summer there is a lot of head butting as Preston and Vanna make it clear who is boss. When the animals are fed hay Preston becomes very bossy to any one who gets between him and his food. Vanna can also head butt Bernice to keep her away for the food. It was gratifying to see Bernice head butting Vanna back finally but Preston remains the king of the castle!
|Posted by PrimRose on July 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Donkeys look different then other equines. Donkeys' ears are very long. The tail and mane are coarse. The mane is upright and stiff often looking quite fashionable with what could be frosted tips.
Donkeys often look as if they have thin long legs and tiny hooves. The shape of the hoof is small and round. Donkey hooves must be trimmed every 6-10 weeks as they keep growing like human toenails. If the hooves are not trimmed the bones in the legs can become malformed and the animal can go lame. A donkey owner must find a farrier who specializes in donkey hooves as the technique is different then other equines.
The tail is somewhat like a cow, covered partially with body hair and ending in a tasseled switch.
|Posted by PrimRose on July 24, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (1)|
The fat neck roll on Evelyn as seen below is known as a broken crest. Donkeys evolved to survive on low quality roughage. When donkeys are improperly fed the fat forms along the mane and when it becomes big and heavy it collapses. Improper feeding can include high energy concentrates such as a prepared grain mix, corn and barley. Lush pastures can also cause this as well as the quantity of food eaten. This condition can also result in laminitis which is an inflammation of the foot which can cause a donkey to go lame. This broken crest will not disappear even when the diet is improved however the health problems that occur along with the broken crest can lessen if the animal is keptoff lush pastures and not fed improper foods that are too rich.
Evelyn came to the sanctuary with this broken crest but she now eats more like a normal donkey and while it will not go away she now leads a much healthier life.
|Posted by PrimRose on July 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
As well as having characteristic colours of the coat as talked about in the last blog donkeys can also be differentiated in two other ways: points and trim. The points are the colours of the muzzle, rings around the eyes, belly and upper legs. The trim is the mane and tail. In the four miniature donkeys here it is easy to see how the points and trim are distinctive in most donkeys making it easy to tell them apart.
|Posted by PrimRose on July 15, 2017 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
Walking around PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary one can see that donkeys come in all shapes, sizes, colours and coat textures. There are many donkeys in the world but few pure-breds and the donkeys at the sanctuary show a mixture of many types of donkeys.
One defining feature is colour and the grey dun colouring is the most common. After that is brown, black, roan, broken coloured or spotted and white. Below are Gloria (white), Robbie (brown), Oliver (grey dun), and Tiana (broken coloured or spotted) showing some of the donkey colours one can see at the sanctuary.
Gloria donkey (white)
Robbie donkey (brown)
Oliver donkey (Grey dun)
Tiana (broken coloured or spotted)
|Posted by PrimRose on July 11, 2017 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
A poor farmer owned a donkey that was so small he could not earn his keep. The farmer told his family he could not afford to keep a useless animal. His children suggested he tie it to a tree and whoever wanted the donkey could have it.
The next day two men asked if they could have the donkey for Jesus of Nazareth and the farmer happily gave the donkey away. Jesus rode the donkey to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Later when the donkey saw Jesus on the cross he was so upset and turned away. The shadow of the cross fell on his back and there it stayed to this day.
Most donkeys have a dorsal stripe and shoulder cross as is clearly seen in the photo on Oliver.
|Posted by PrimRose on July 4, 2017 at 7:30 AM||comments (2)|
This is Lily, she and her brother Luna were rescued and make their home at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. They are known as Ernest Hemingway cats as he was given a white cat named Snow White by a ship's captain fromwhich many of the white cats on Key West are descended from. Key West was one of several places Hemingway called home.
Lily has two yellow eyes and Luna has one yellow and one blue eye. They stay close to the house and like to play. They are known as polydactyl as they have six toes on the front. Come and visit these and many other animals at the sanctuary from 1-4pm Thursday and Sunday year round.