It’s a Barnyard Baby Boom!

It’s been a busy year for babies here at the Barnyard and we couldn’t be more thrilled. All 3 mom’s were rescued from the slaughter pipeline. Apple the Appaloosa, had been a broodmare, she had never been able to keep her babies but she doesn’t ever have to worry about that again. She and her sweet baby will be together forever.

As our regular readers know, it all started on New Year’s day when our Riviera had her baby, a beautiful, long legged boy! We had been waiting and waiting and then it finally happened. Riviera was so protective we couldn’t see whether it was a boy or girl for several days. His name, picked out by our followers, is Wapi Uno. Wapi is American Indian for lucky and uno is one in Spanish, he sure is a Lucky One.

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Momma and her Lucky One!

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One week old.

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Two months old.

And then came Apple’s Blossom! On February 19th after being at the hospital for over 5 weeks our beautiful Apple had a baby girl. Apple’s pregnancy and delivery were making everyone anxious as she had an infection that could be dangerous to the foal and to her, but she beat it and mom and baby are doing just great!

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Apple and her Blossom.

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Getting some sun.

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Mom decided she needs a blanket of hay.

And then there were 3. Our jenny Chloe surprised all of us on February 22nd with a handsome baby boy! We had no idea she was pregnant but had noticed she was looking a bit plump. His name Sorpresa, meaning “unexpected gift” in Spanish is what he is, an unexpected gift. He is adorable and she is a wonderful mom.

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Sweet Sorpresa nursing.

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Taking a walk.

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Chill’n with Mom.

Moms and babies are all doing great and will have the pleasure of being able to spend the rest of their lives together as family without the fear of being separated. All the babies are in need of a sponsor, a monthly guardian who contributes money to help pay for their care, food and medical bills. If you are interested please visit our website. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3. And if you are looking for a birthday gift for the animal lover in your life, a Sponsorship makes a great gift!

A Barnyard Baby New Year!

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Our donkey, Riviera seems to have been pregnant forever…but all that changed on New Years day at 8:00am when she finally had her baby! A sweet, wobbly little donkey with huge ears and long legs. Mom was so protective that we couldn’t get close enough to tell if it was a boy or girl for almost a week. Well, it’s a boy but no name yet…

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Mom Riviera was rescued from slaughter last year along with the baby’s dad who is also at The Barnyard. Mom and baby are doing great; he is silly, happy and healthy and she is a wonderful mother!

To watch him grow up follow along with The Barnyard on our Facebook page and Instagram. Feel free to give us name suggestions and if you would like to be his monthly sponsor please visit our website.

The Barnyard wishes everyone a happy, healthy New Year filled with love and animal cuddles!

A Match Made in Donkey Heaven

 

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Murphy…calling all Jennies!

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a donkey match! Well that is exactly what The Barnyard Sanctuary and Peaceful Acres in Pattersonville, NY did! Murphy, an almost 4 year old mini-donkey who lives on a farm in the Catskills, was looking for a companion. Murphy’s humans contacted several different people and places to find him a suitable companion but to no avail until his human contacted Tamala here at The Barnyard who suggested they call Peaceful Acres, a horse and donkey rescue in Saratoga, New York. Peaceful Acres had just rescued a jenny named Leiah #215 from the slaughter pipeline and  thought she would be the perfect match.

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The sad truth…she was a number.

So Murphy’s human took the long drive to meet Leiah and to share peppermints with her, it went so well they decided that Leiah was the one. On Thanksgiving day Leiah and Murphy would meet. The meeting did go well, but only after Leiah showed Murphy who was boss with a few donkey kicks. Soon they were having a snack together and enjoying each other’s company…a match made in donkey heaven!

So thankful to Peaceful Acres for rescuing Leiah and giving her a second chance at a beautiful life and of course, thankful to Tamala for putting Murphy’s humans in touch with Peaceful Acres.

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A match made in donkey heaven…snack time together!

You can read the full story at The Pitchfork, the blog written by Murphy’s humans. *Photos courtesy of The Pitchfork

 

Be a Guardian, A Barnyard Guardian!

Here at The Barnyard we are always looking for caring people to become guardians for our beautiful animals. A guardian is someone who sponsors an animal on a monthly basis; it can be a single person, a couple or a family. You can chose the animal you wish to sponsor and if you are close enough you can even schedule a visit. Each type of animal is a different monthly cost that goes towards their food and care.

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Being a Barnyard Guardian is the next best thing to having your own barnyard animal! The photo above is of me and Dominic, a mini donkey who my husband and I sponsor. We have always wanted a donkey but don’t have the room so this makes us feel good and helps to take care of him. Your name will be listed on our website as that animals guardian and you can follow us on Instagram to see all the barnyard creatures as well as the one you sponsor. Follow along with the blog as we highlight a different animal each month that is in need of a guardian. With the holidays coming it’s a great gift for the animal lover in your life.

To see the instructions and the  animals that are looking for sponsors check out our website and click on Barnyard Guardians. All donations are tax-deductible as the Barnyard Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 organization.