If we were to give a prize to the two most playful donkeys of the Rifugio, the winners would undoubtedly be Zenzero and Mirtillo.
Zenzero and Mirtillo are two young donkeys born here at the Rifugio from two donkeys we rescued in Colleferro. There, between Rome and Frosinone, the largest seizure of equidae in Italy took place in 2013. We have reported in depth in our previous articles about the suffering to which the animals found in those fields have been exposed. Gioconda and Silvana, mothers of Ginger and Blueberry, arrived at our facilities in Sala Biellese in that year, loaded with a painful experience. They were both pregnant and shortly afterwards they gave birth to two donkeys who now know nothing but the affection and care of our staff. Colleferro's pains are long gone now.
Unlike Mimì and Rucola, Mirtillo and Zenzero did not inherit the suffering of their mothers: from the beginning they have been calm and serene, very curious about the world and its inhabitants. Now that they have grown up, they have been living in a large group for a few years, away from their mothers Silvana and Gioconda. Even today they have preserved that original bond that unites them. Indeed, they have strengthened it, as well as their enthusiasm to discover, browse and play.
Those who arrive at the Refuge, at the sight of two playful donkeys chasing each other and running in the paddock near our parking lot, can be pretty sure: they are Zenzero and Mirtillo. Donkeys establish bonds also in the peace that an environment of care and attention such as the Rifugio degli Asinelli manages to offer. We rescue animals from difficult situations and give them a new life. And how much life there is in Zenzero and Mirtillo!
Stories like Zenzero and Mirtillo’s are only possible because of your help. This Valentine's Day help us continue to offer care and shelter to all the other donkeys and mules in difficulty. Your gesture can make a difference.
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