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Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete






Achilleas's story & photo gallery
R.I.P. Achilleas
Achilleas
Luke is a donkey who belonged to man in Patmos who is renowned for abusing his animals - in fact the local animal welfare society, Mondo Cane were already prosecuting Luke's owner for the terrible neglect of two of his dogs. Luke had served his purpose and was no longer required, so his owner took him to a secluded place, hobbled him with wire and left him no food or water so that he would eventually die. Luckily for Luke he was 

found, completely exhausted, dehydrated and emaciated, but still clinging to life. He was taken into the care of Anna Florentis of Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society, where he was built a small enclosure with shelter. There is no vet on Patmos and the small animal society have no facilities for a donkey, but with expert advice by email from overseas vets and a lot of love, patience and nursing, Luke has managed to survive his terrible ordeal. The wire hobble had caused horrific injuries and had severed the blood supply to the foot as Luke struggled to move out of the blazing sun and to find food or water, and infection and maggots had set into his foot and leg.Shortly after his rescue his entire hoof came off and the prognosis for his survival was very poor. Anna nursed Luke day and night, keeping a photo diary of his terrible injuries and slowly but surely got him stronger  We were asked if we could help give Luke the future he so deserved - a happy retirement with the other donkeys for the rest of his days. We instantly agreed. so they contacted Anna and asked if it would be possible, when he was fit to travel, that he might be allowed to come to our sanctuary that CARAT supports in Crete. Anna readily agreed, and so while Luke concentrated on the job of getting himself better, the wheels were put in motion to find a way of getting him the very very long way from Patmos to Crete. Thanks to the help of Yiannis Vassiliou's equine transport company Luke finally left Patmos on a ferry to Athens where he rested in stables for a couple of days before resuming his long journey to Crete.  Finally Luke arrived at our Sanctuary and his travelling days are over. He has a thick soft straw bed in a cosy barn and so many new friends to meet! Luke's life starts now, and like all the other donkeys, he got a new name to go with the new start in his life...from now on Lucky Luke is known as ACHILLEAS. CARAT funded his transport and will continue to support him in his happy ever after.  
Achilleas is first rescued from his ordeal at the hands of his owner. Here he is being taken by truck to Anna Florentis of Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society, too weak, starved and dehydrated to stand
Achilleas's foot when he arrived at Mondo Cane
Every day Anna carefully bathed and treated his injured foot and leg......
But despite Anna's care Achilleas foot had lost the blood supply for too long and his whole hoof came off
Anna didn't give up on Achilleas and his treatment and care went on day after day
Achilleas bore all the pain and treatment with patience and gentleness - it was as if he knew that finally he mattered and that Anna was fighting for him
Slowly the foot began to heal....
Finally the day came when he was ready to travel
After a very long journey, we welcome him to our Sanctuary
resting in his warm, new stable
Achilleas meaning and name origin
Achilleas is a male Greek name that is known since the ancient years.
Achilleas comes from the  Greek word αχος (achos), which means pain. A second explanation is that it comes from the name of the Achelous River, meaning an embodiment of the grief of the people.
The name Achilleas, or Achilles in English, is mostly known all over the world due to the famous hero Achilleas who was one of the protagonists in the Trojan War.
The name Achilleas is included in the Orthodox Calendar due to a man who lived during the 5th century AD. We do not have any known information on this person, except a few references in a religious book of the Epistles.  The name Achilleas has become famous due to the great Greek hero Achilleas, the king of the Myrmidons who participated in the Trojan War. Achilleas is one of the main heroes of the Homeric Iliad, the son of Pileas and Thetis. His mother Thetis was a semi Goddess who wanted to make him immortal, so she dipped him in a lake that would make him invincible and immortal.  The problem was that she was holding him from his heal which did not get affected from the magical water, so his heel was his only weak spot. This is where the phrase “Achilles’ heel” comes from.  Achilles died in Troy, when Goddess Aphrodite revealed Paris that Achilles had a weakness. Achilles was thereafter killed by Paris with an arrow to the heel

Nameday of Achilleas: April 24th
Achilleas is bossy and repressive, proud and somewhat egoist. He can be easily irritated and has some violent outbursts

With the greatest saddness we annouce the very sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved Achilleas ( Lucky Luke from Patmos ) who quietly died yesterday afternoon after a normal happy and peaceful day spent basking in the warm sunshine.
 We wish to thank Achilleas's rescuers from Mondo Cane Animal Rescue Patmos for their faith and trust in us and the gift of caring for this very special and brave little donkey who will never be forgotten.
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