THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — The long wait is over.
Three months after it was determined that Edith the donkey was expecting, a baby boy was delivered at 1:01 a.m. on Sept. 24 after a little more than two hours of labor.
Jamie Hahn who correctly guessed the birth date will the rights for the new long-eared lad. For each $10 donation, donors had the option to guess when the new baby would arrive. Hahn will also have visitation rights — as a "Godparent" of the baby for the rest of his life. Donkeys can live for 50 years.
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.
Donations for the donkeys' care can be made through PayPal or go to www.gofundme.com/a-surprise-baby-donkey to make a donation.
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