Marci & Winnie

Wild Burro & Foal


When a small Wild Burro was put up for adoption in Michigan, Saving Baby Equine Charity knew it had to save her. Her plight was the plight of so many of America’s Wild Burros and Mustangs. Their herds are decimated by the roundups of these animals, who are forced into detainment in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities that are the equivalent of equine concentration camps.


They are kept there for years, often their whole lives, but the Bureau of Land Management selects some Wild Burros and Mustangs for adoption at locations throughout the United States.  Since Saving Baby Equine Charity is located in Michigan, when the adoption was announced there, it knew it must seek out and save this desperately at-risk animal. She had already been passed over in three other states.


As the adoption process proceeded, this jenny whose life was at stake was the only Wild Burro who would approach people from behind her enclosure. Making matters more heart wrenching still, the friendly Burro with Freezemark 06184478 was in foal; her udder was beginning to bag up.


Saving Baby Equine Charity immediately chose this unwanted pregnant jenny.  She had originally been rounded up in Arizona and spent more than two years imprisoned in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities – meaning that our federal tax dollars that paid for her roundup also paid for the incompetency that allowed her to breed while in the government’s custody and control. It’s ironic, considering that her reason for being rounded up in the first place is that there are “too many” Burros.


The Burro was named Marci after Marci Lynn, the kind woman who delivered her to us. Exactly two weeks after the adoption, at approximately 10:00 p.m. on August 31, Marci gave birth to a beautiful, fluffy-coated filly who weighed less than 40 pounds. The foal stood and nursed appropriately, but after just 14 hours was stricken with septicemia – a life-threatening infection. Scott, Ann, and Abby Winfrey, volunteers for the rescue, assisted the veterinarian who made an emergency visit, but the doctor was subsequently unable to help the newborn rebound. She needed ICU hospitalization.


We were not able to quickly locate a stock trailer for the mother, so Scott Winfrey placed the dying filly in a Rubbermaid tub, and we left Marci behind to make the 90-minute drive to an emergency medical team waiting for the newborn at Michigan State University’s Large Animal Hospital.  Mother Marci was brought to the hospital two days later, when the prognosis for survival of the filly had improved.  The two were reunited successfully and after six days, mother and daughter returned to Saving Baby Equine Charity. In honor of the extraordinary efforts of the Winfrey family volunteers for their help in saving her life, the filly was named Winnie.


Extra special thanks and “heehaws” go not just to the Winfreys but also to namesake Marci Lynn for delivering the pregnant jenny to us; Janell Weston and daughters, Abigail and Isabella, for transporting Marci to Michigan State in their trailer so her baby could begin to nurse again; Brittany Brooks-Weber for bringing the pair back home; Bridget Rogers for the use of her truck; and Helena Finzel for the use of her trailer.


We also gratefully acknowledge the generous financial donation of Joachim Kobinger and C. Susanne Krispien, to be applied towards the life-saving hospitalization that gave Winnie her future.


Donations to Saving Baby Equine Charity in general or restricted donations to the hospitalization and veterinary expenses of Winnie and Marci are most appreciated and can be made through direct mailing, or through Pay Pal or credit card on our website.


New mom Marci with darling baby Winnie.

Winnie is two hours old in this photo.

Saving Baby Equine Charity co-founder and president Jo Anne Normile holds Winnie while Marci looks on.

Frisky Winnie stretching those long legs!

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