Bruna was found lying in the dust in a brick factory on March 5, 2011. She was pregnant and suffered from a lame front leg. Bruna refused to continue to haul bricks, which was why she was abandoned by her owner. Fearing a miscarriage, Animal Nepal immediately rescued the donkey and named her after Portugese volunteer Bruna Moreire.
Bruna improved quickly. Although she still has a slight limp, she eats well and loves hanging out with her new friend Kavita.
In June 2011, Bruna gave birth to a beautiful, white coloured foal named Victory - the very first foal to be born in our sanctuary! You can see a photo of Victory on our website!
Update (July 2013):
Bruna, the mother of our lovely Victory, is doing very well these days. She still has a slight limp, but it's not causing her any pain. She is healthy, calm and relaxed. Bruna seems fully recovered from the ordeal of being abandoned and giving birth while feeling very weak and malnourished herself. Victory still occasionally drinks her mother's milk, and the two often spend time together.
Update (February 2014):
Bruna is healthy, calm and relaxed, and has grown in confidence, both around other equines and around humans. She appears to have fully recovered from the ordeal of being abandoned and giving birth, despite being weak and malnourished herself.
Update (September 2014)
Bruna has a sad history of giving birth while being badly malnourished hence she is not as active as other donkeys in the sanctuary. But she is lot more healthy now and loves spending some some time with herself. Since she now no longer has the burden of caring for her daughter Victory she has become a relaxed grandmother, enjoying watching her daughter with baby grandson. She is enoying her new free life at sanctuary with her other friends in the midst of the greenery of Godavari.
Update (March 2015)
This season was not so fruitful for Bruna. She just went through the loss of her daughter victory and her only few months old grandson. Bruna is now an old lady and hence she is not so active like she used to be. She is seen lying around most of the time. She has suffered a lot during her lifetime which does not make her the healthiest donkey in the sanctury but she still is a strong spirit. She worked all her life hauling bricks and gave birth while she was being badly malnourished. Nevertheless, she is going to spend her little reamining time in our sanctury with her equine and human friends.
Update (June 2016)
Being one of the oldest member of the sancturay, Bruna receives special care and grooming from our para vet Santosh Shrestha. She loves getting pampered and seeks attention from her visitors. Last year Bruna went through the loss of her daughter Victory and her few months old grandson. But now newly rescued friends and new looking sanctuary has overlapped her bitter memory and she seems to be enjoying every bit of her remining life at our loving sanctuary. Her body score condition has been recorded normal with no any other sign of illness. Fresh carrots and cabbage leaves are her favourites and she hates to share her food with her friends.
Update (June 2017)
Bruna is an ageing female donkey. She has a slight limp but that does not hinder her daily activities at the sanctuary and is particularly fond of our para-vet Santosh Shrestha. She’s a quiet and gentle donkey who enjoys her cabbage and carrot meals; and does not like to share her meals with anyone. Bruna loves to be photographed and can pose very well when there are visitors at our sanctuary. She passes her days at the sanctuary grazing and lolling around in the sand in peace and contentement.
Currently sponsored by:
1. Sasha Poli, WA ($100)
2. Melanie Baumanis, WA ($100)
3. Nancy Warren, QLD ($100)
4. Heidi Kaltenbrunn, WA ($100)
5. Maree Daniels, WA ($100)
6. Fiona Walker, WA ($100)