THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Anticipation.....
It's been three months since it was determined that Edith the donkey was expecting. As of the morning of Sept. 17, the stork had yet to arrive.
Donkeys, Edith and her daughter, Gloria were a gift to Christiana Capra, founder and director of Spring Reins of Life, (SRoL). The organization is a non-profit , EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional growth and healing.
The program has always used horses, but Capra thought their long-eared brethren would make good therapists too.
Back track to November, 2017 when Barbara Bemelmans, owner of Hunt Cap Farms, (where SRoL resides), rescued the two donkeys from likely being shipped to the slaughterhouse.
On Christmas Eve, Capra went to do night check on the SRoL herd and found the donkeys in a stall with bows on them and a note from Bemelmans.
Edith’s due date is anyone’s guess. The average gestation length in donkeys is about one year but can be longer or shorter, and donkeys can conceive again as early as five days after birth. Gloria is estimated to be about 13 months old as of mid-September. She is now living apart from her mother and Edith is showing signs she may be getting close to delivering.
To cover the new and unexpected expenses, SRoL is hosting a fundraiser.
For each $10 donation, donors have the option to guess when the new baby will arrive. They may also guess if it will be a boy or girl, donkey or hinny, born in daylight or night time. The person who is closest to the actual birth date will be given the chance to name the new equine and have visitation rights — as a "Godparent" of the baby for the rest of his life. Donkeys can live for 50 years.
If the foal does not survive, the funds will go toward the continued care of Edith and Gloria.
Donations can be made through PayPal with a note that it’s for the donkeys or go to www.gofundme.com/a-surprise-baby-donkey to make a donation.
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