Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete





Nefeli meaning and name origin
Means "cloudy" in Greek. In Greek legend Nephele  (Νεφελη) was created from a cloud by Zeus, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her. Nephele was the mother of the centaurs by Ixion, and was also the mother of Phrixus and Helle by Athamus.
Origin of name
Nefeli is a female name which has not been very popular in the past. Today, though, as Greeks turn again to ancient Greek names, Nefeli is becoming increasingly popular. Nefeli means cloudy in the Greek language. Its origin is mythological and quite interesting. Nefeli has an alternative spelling, which is Nephele.
Nefeli is a mythological figure in the Greek Mythology. Nefeli was the mother of the Centaurs and the mother of Frixos and Elli, associated with the story of the golden fleece.
Nefeli was the Goddess of the Clouds, as Zeus created her from a cloud. According to the myth, Zeus shaped the cloud to look like Hera, because he wanted to trick a man who desired Nefeli, Ixion.
For the Greek Orthodox Church name Nefeli celebrates its nameday 39 days after Easter day, the day of Christ’s assumption to the sky, which is described with the phrase “Christ went to the sky amidst clouds”. Therefore it’s the ideal day to celebrate the name Nefeli.

Nameday: different dates each year depending on Easter date
Nefeli is a fragile woman, very sensitive and sensible. She is beloved by her friends because she is very tender and cares for everyone.

Nefeli's story & photo gallery
Nefeli
Nefeli's owner was beating her in a drunken rage on a daily basis. The owners grandaughter called Marianna to ask her to come and take the donkey away....when the grandfather was asleep they came and rescued the donkey, she had cuts from being whipped and a deep wound on her right hip.   Marianna called the vet and nursed her back to health again, she is now a beautiful healthy, happy donkey.
Nefeli is a small dapple grey donkey aged around 17 yrs....


September 30 2012
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NEFELI has settled in very well and today is eating happily with the rest of the herd.....next to Nefeli is Violetta and coming up behind is Penelopi


Marianna saying goodbye to Nefeli...2 yrs ago this little donkey was rescued by Marianna after being badly beaten by her elderly owner..Marianna no longer has the time or space to care for Nefeli as he has many rescue animals, she will come to live at our sanctuary...
Nefeli ready for her journey South :-))
Nefeli enjoying her supper last night, we have left her alone enjoying her new found freedom and to slowly meet the rest of the herd....this coming week she will be wormed and groomed....
Nefeli has really enjoyed her four days running around the field, now she's ready to meet the rest of the animals on our little farm, the goats think she's pretty cool too...
Last night she came up the the gate to say hello with a huge donkey smile on her beautiful face..
YES donkey do smile :-))))
Most of the donkeys here at the sanctua...ry have a special friend or two.
It always takes some time for them to bond together but Kleo has been following Nefeli around like a shadow, we hope they will form the wonderful friendships that donkey have with each other..
our newest rescue donkeys
Latest news on Nefeli
December 2  2012
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Our beautiful new girl Nefeli wishes all our supporters a wonderful & happy Sunday !!

November 1 2013
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NEFELI our sweet donkey of the month November (4 photos)
Nefeli is a very relaxed, gentle & friendly donkey. Before being rescued, she had a sad hard working life with an abusive owner and a badly swayed back caused by being ridden far too young and this has caused her stomach muscles to sag.We are very proud of our beautiful NEFELI...a very much loved donkey by all who have the priviledge to meet and know her.
this is what happens when donkeys are being ridden far too young...a badly swayed back which has caused her stomach muscles to sag