Newborn donkey comes into adopted family PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 22 June 2013 08:13
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Kathy Konrad (left) and daughter Debi Konrad (right) with donkeys (from left) Louise, Stanley and Thelma. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
WESTON - Unlike the movie characters they are named for, donkeys Thelma and Louise are mild-mannered and friendly to be around.
However, Louise's new son, Stanley, has quickly taken on the wildness one associates with the characters in the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise," which starred Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise.
The donkeys all belong to Kathy Konrad who has been rescuing animals for more than 16 years now.
"All of my animals are rescues," she said.
Stanley was born to Louise May 29 and was a surprise for all.
"He's adorable," she said.
When Konrad rescued both Thelma and Louise, Konrad was told by both the veterinarian and the Sandusky County Humane Society that Louise was a mule.
All the experts know mules cannot reproduce, so when she was found to be pregnant and delivered Stanley, they investigated further and found that Louise was indeed a black-spotted donkey.
For those unfamiliar, a mule is the product of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules are sterile.
As for Stanley, Konrad said he is definitely adventurous and hard to contain.
"Even the electric fence didn't bother him," she said.
The family has found him all over the rural Weston farm, in the pond, in the woods behind their property and even running down the road.
"Stanley can run fast, but he does always come back," she added.
About a year ago, Konrad adopted the two female donkeys after they were confiscated in the neighboring county. The young mules have gained weight and are doing great.
Konrad said the mules are extremely friendly and are the right size for her grandchildren to ride. She has had the two females for a year now.
There were five mules among the animals confiscated including Stanley's father, Henry. The miniature donkey received some notoriety as he had been dragged down the road by the former owner of the animals.
Reports from last July said she was moving him from one barn to another and was tied to the back of the tractor. Henry fell down. After stopping the tractor, she got him to his feet, but when he fell again, she just dragged him the rest of the way.
Henry received major road rash. Nearly a year later, despite all his injuries, Henry has made a full recovery and has also been adopted out.
The former owner was charged with multiple animal cruelty charges.
The gestation for donkeys is 12 months, so Louise was just a couple of months pregnant when Konrad rescued her.
The young Stanley is growing so quickly, he has nearly outgrown his halter and will require a new one.
Those who wish to see the donkeys can meet them at the 52nd annual pet show at the Bowling Green City Park on July 17 at 7 p.m.
Konrad will also be bringing Garth, a goat which has been very popular at past pet shows.
Other than giving rides to the kids and the occasional pet show, Konrad has no plans to breed or any other uses for the donkeys.
"They will just eat my grass," she said.
Her farm also includes rescued cats, chickens and ducks. The Canada geese prevalent in the pond are just uninvited guests recognizing the welcoming atmosphere.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 08:46
 

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