Mother and foal.
Donkey Dreamland in Mijas appeals for funds to save life of newborn foal

Donkey Dreamland in Mijas appeals for funds to save life of newborn foal

The foal, whose twin died at birth, is due to return to the Mijas shelter this week

Tony Bryant

Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 08:49


The Mijas-based Donkey Dreamland charity and training centre in Mijas Costa is looking forward to the return of a newborn donkey after successfully appealing for funds to help save its life.

The foal was one of two that were born at the sanctuary earlier in April, although one died shortly after birth. The foals were delivered by the organisation's founder, Amaya, who said she was "extremely sad about the loss".

The surviving foal, which has been named Luz (light), required intensive care and was being looked after by six veterinary surgeons. The donkey needed to be given oxygen through a mask, milk through a tube and blood through a transfusion from its mother in order to help raise its oxygen levels.

In order to pay for the treatment, which in just two days amounted to more than 2,000 euros, the association set up a GoFundMe page with a target of 4,000 euros.

On Tuesday the organisation announced on Facebook that it had reached its goal.

"We hate asking for money, but this treatment is very expensive. Day one of intensive care amounted to 1,300 euros, so we need to raise as much money as we can to help save this poor baby foal's life, and to enable the mother to live a happy life without having to come to terms with the loss of her two babies," Amaya explained last week.

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