Recently rescued donkey - Eldad saves a new friend
Zvika [Founder of Pegasus] received a call from a woman about a lone stranded donkey, with a badly injured leg. When Zvika arrived to the location, he found the donkey lying down due to the pain she was suffering. Upon assessing the situation, he knew that her leg would need to be amputated, but the final decision would come from the vet. He called her Ruhama (Mercy), and he brought her back to Pegasus, where Tanya cleaned, treated and dressed her serious wound to prevent further injury and reduce pain, as bone tissue was exposed.
Ruhama seemed happy to be at Pegasus, and would look at us with her kind eyes, asking for someone to pet her. She seemed aware that we had her best interests at heart.
After a few days, Ruchama was admitted to the hospital. Upon arrival, she exited the trailer ever so slowly and seemed fearful, not knowing where she was heading. After she arrived to the examination room, Dr. Roi Da'an did some x-rays, which showed that she was missing bone tissue in her leg, and confirmed that the only option was amputation. She was scheduled for surgery the next day.
Dr. Roi Dahan called the following morning to inform us that Ruchama was suffering from acute anaemia – probably due to the blood loss from the wound and from infection. He said that she needs a blood transfusion prior to the surgery. We immediately thought of Eldad who is now strong and healthy (and whom we rescued from the desert some years earlier, where his legs had been tightly bound with wire ropes which had penetrated his skin, and had made walking nearly impossible). And indeed, when we entered the donkeys’ compound, Eldad immediately approached the fence as if he knew that he was needed. We arrived at the hospital with Eldad and he donated 3 litres of blood to Ruchama. He was able to help save Ruchama and we were so moved by this.
Ruchama had the surgery, which was successful, and she continues to heal and feel safe and loved, at the sanctuary. She is learning to adjust to three legs. She enjoys the morning sunrises and the early breezes that are filled with fresh scents of the day.
"To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of the season".
Happy New Year from all the team and animals at Pegasus