Saturday, August 9, 2008

Road hazards

It was a bad week in Israel for two families and two equines.
The Jerusalem Post reports that a man was killed and two of his family were badly injured when his car struck a horse at Mei Ami Junction in Wadi Ara, and a motorcyclist died after colliding with a donkey near Ma'ale Adumim. Condolences to these families.
It makes you wonder . . . .
This is an old picture of me playing with a jenny during my visit to Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land. Lucy Fensom, SHADH's founder and dedicated hard-working director, rescues abused or abandoned equines and gives them a better life at her donkey sanctuary. It is a recognized charity in England and the USA, in case you'd like to donate or maybe even "adopt" a donkey.

You can find other critters, hopefully happier posts, at our weekend meme, Camera-Critters.


Texas Travelers said...

Interesting post.
Sad for the families and animals.
Thanks for sharing the info on a safe haven.

Nice CC today.
Come visit our Geese, Click here.
Troy and Martha

Stanley said...

Hei there! First of all I want to thank you for stopping by my site =)

That donkey is adorable. Its really nice what you're doing for it. Looks like it likes you!

Rambling Woods said...

Sad to hear about the deaths. Cute donkey Dina..

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

First, my condolences to the families of those killed in the accidents. I'm also sad about the animals which died. We used to have all too many accidents of that sort in Arkansas before the legislature passed a mandatory 'fence' law making it illegal for domestic animals to roam freely. Unfortunately, we can't fence in the wild deer population, and there are still many accidents involving them; I have had one myself. Fortunately, the animal survived and there was only $500 damage to my vehicle and none to myself.
I applaud the actions of the equine rescue group. That's a cute photo of yourself and the little donkey. I tend to forget how small they are. Nice Camera Critters contribution.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

Dina, the picture for this post does not upload when I tried to open it. It must be an interesting picture.

It's a sad story. Has the government done anything about it to prevent it from happening again?

bobbie said...

Sweet jenny. What a sad story though.

ratmammy said...

cute donkey! but sad to hear about these accidents. glad that there are people out there, however, how are wiling to help out these homeless animals.

Dina said...

Thanks Troy and Martha. Your geese are just amazing!

Stanley, welcome! I enjoyed seeing your blog. Yeah, donkeys like their lip squeezed. Or the inside of their ears scratched.

Thanks Rambling Woods. There are a lot more like this one at the sanctuary.

Thanks Pat. Wow, glad you survived the deer crash. Donkey breeds go from miniature through standard to mammoth jacks. We had some mammoth jacks at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR, and they were huge.

Eki, I don't know, but the photo is from someone else's camera. Would that make an upload problem?
There is not much the government can do about it, even if they try. Usually such fatal crashes are caused by camels on the road and sometimes even on the train tracks in the southern desert.

Bobbie, yes, you're right. And thanks for reminding me how to spell jenny. I corrected it now.

i beati said...

Sure does like you sandy

kjpweb said...

It really makes you wonder!
Cute pic, though! :)

Cheers, Klaus

AppleDebbie said...

Until very recently we had wild burros roaming our mountains. After a number of traffic accidents (like the ones you described) the burros were eventually rounded up and moved to a safer location.

I'm so sorry to hear about the deaths. I did enjoy the photo of you and the donkey though. :)

Dina said...

Klaus and I Beati, thanks. Some of my best friends are donkeys.

Appledebbie, that would be so cool to see wild donkeys. Too bad roads get in their way. As a volunteer living at Heifer Ranch I tamed a tough old jack that had long been a wild burro out West and was put up for adoption by the BLM. My favorite snapshot was of Gary standing in the pasture, letting three goat kids stand on his back.

Tammy said...

That is very sad. It's nice there is a place for the animals to be safe and cared for.

fishing guy said...

Dina: That is a cool capture of you and the donkey, a donkey in the Holy Land, who knew. Why everyone probably.

Misty Dawn said...

Awwwww - my heart goes out to those families. How horrible.

I love the pic though ;-)

Carletta said...

I think it must be hard in countries where autos and animals try to coexist.
Nice photo!

babooshka said...

It is a sad story and as yoi say possibly not preventable. Donkeys though I love such gentle creatures.

Christy said...

So sad to here of the accidents. I hate to hear of people or animals getting hurt. Cute pick of you with the Jenny.

Tink *~*~* said...

She looks so sweet. They have the most amazingly looooog ears!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Teena in Toronto said...

I read recently that donkeys are very friendly!

I played too :)

D... said...

Sad times indeed. My condolences & heart go to the families, friends, & animals.

On a brighter note, that is such a cute pic of you & the jenny.

Mine is up too. :)

ichandrae said...

How sweet and wonderful!
ah what a neat photo.