News from Pegasus in Israel….
Rainbow recovers from tragedy
In the last issue we told you the story of Rainbow the brave female donkey rescued by our Israeli partner Pegasus. Poor Rainbow had been badly injured in a car accident during an horrific storm in May.
For many days, despite the very best of care from Pegasus founder Zvika Tamuz, his assistant Shimi and Roni the vet, it seemed unlikely that she would live. However, the trio didn’t give up hope and two days after the accident Rainbow stood for the first time.
Although she is now doing well and has become a permanent resident of Pegasus, there was more suffering to come after her initial recovery. Zvika and Shimi discovered she was pregnant.
“Because of her injuries and poor condition the birth was anything but straightforward,” explains Zvika. “It lasted throughout the whole night and we were frequently calling Roni for advice. Finally, and tragically, her male foal was stillborn. We were so disappointed, but our priority had to be to get Rainbow well again.”
To help her recover from her ordeal she was given lots of rest and is now doing very well and happily back to chewing on Zvika’s flowers and the fig tree!
New home for Rhat
Rhat, the donkey who was horrifically injured last year when children set fire to his back with kerosene will soon be leaving Pegasus for a new home. His wounds have completely healed and he is left with only one tiny pink mark on his left flank.
His new life will be on a farm owned by friends of Zvika and he will be a companion for one of their horses. “I know he will be well looked after and in no danger of falling into the wrong hands again,” says Zvika.
No rest for Zvika
Recent rescue: Nelson is now getting lots of special care and treatment at Pegasus. Here he is with Pegasus founder Zvika Tamuz.
It’s impossible for Pegasus founder Zvika to enjoy a quiet life. As soon as he returned from Expo – a prestigious animal welfare conference he had been sponsored to attend in the USA this past summer - he was greeted by local children reporting an abandoned horse.
Zvika went immediately to the nearby village where he found the elderly Appaloosa (now called Nelson) blind in one eye and walking uneasily.
“I think Nelson was abandoned because he could no longer work,” explains Zvika. “His front legs don’t seem to be causing him serious problems, but our vet will get to the bottom of the matter and then we can decide if can be re-homed or if he will stay with us.”
© Nelson is now getting lots of special care and treatment at Pegasus.
Nelson is just one of the 649 equines that Pegasus has rescued since our partnership began in 2008. With your help Pegasus founder Zvika Tamuz and his assistant Shimi has been able to provide a safe haven where these suffering animals can be cared for and given new lives. Pegasus is now working towards becoming self-sufficient – independent of WSPA funds.