Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
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Rafaela's story & photo gallery
Rafaela
LATE IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 AFTER A VERY LONG DROUGHT WE WERE ASKED TO ATTEND TO A DONKEY IN A NEARBY VILLAGE WHO HAD RECENTLY GIVEN BIRTH.  WE WENT WITH OUR OUTREACH TEAM FROM HOLLAND EZELHULP KRETA BUT WERE UNABLE TO GET CLOSE TO THE MOTHER TO CHECK HER HEALTH, SHE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF HER NEWBORN FOAL AND VERY AGGRESSIVE. THEY WERE LIVING IN UNSUITABLE AND SQUALID CONDITIONS AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO WALK AWAY NOT KNOWING WHAT WOULD BECOME OF THEM, BUT THEY DID NOT BELONG TO US.  

Rafaela meaning and name origin
The name Rafaela was given to the foal by the children of her previous owner.  It is usually given to a beautiful dark eyed girl with long flowing dark hair.  Very appropriate for our beautiful foal.  
It is the feminine form that comes from the Hebrew name רָפָאֵל (Rafa'el) which meant "God has healed". In Hebrew tradition Raphael was the name of one of the seven archangels. 


Nameday :  unknown


Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
AS MIRACLES HAPPEN.. AND THEY OFTEN DO THE OWNER CALLED US THE FOLLOWING WEEK AND ASKED IS HE COULD BRING THE MOTHER AND FOAL TO LIVE AT THE SANCTUARY AS HE WAS UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEM.  
WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO THE SUPPORT OF CARAT UK AND EZELHULP KRETA HOLLAND FOR ENABLING THIS RESCUE.
THE MOTHER IS CALLED KALIPSO AND HER BABY NOW 3 MONTHS OLD IS NAMED RAFAELA.  


arrival at the Sanctuary
Rafaela meeting our handsome boy Orfeas...our two year old "baby boy"