Retirement and life in Ecuador never ceases to provide stimulating opportunities. This weekend I will be visiting a dear friend from Canada, Grace Lush. Grace is in the midst of moving her life from Canada, where she ran a wildlife rescue and breeding center to the Intag area of Ecuador. Intag is located in the Junin Cloud Forest, not too far from the famous town and indigenous market of Otavalo.
Grace has been working, now as project administrator, with a project called Touch The Jungle focusing on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for a period of 10 years. The project emphasizes environmental responsibility; helping communities improve their lives as they preserve and protect the world around them.
Information on the project Touch the Jungle can be found on the website www.touchthejungle.org/EnvironmentallyResponsible.shtml
In the future, I will bring you information about the project and the life of Grace and the people in this remote area of Ecuador. In the short time that she has been here, her stories are quickly mounting. It will be fun to follow her exploits.
Here is a recent dispatch from Grace:
“ I bought a mare in February when I was down here and hoped to breed her my stallion, Conquistidor, but he never bred her, she was already in foal when I bought her. She had a baby yesterday. But, nothing is straight forward like having a baby on the mountain. I went to get Conquistidor this morning and my mare, Cafe, was just standing there with the other horses. I noticed a planceta on the ground, but no foal. I looked all around and over the edge of the mountain but nothing. So I thought maybe a cow had given birth and walked away with the calf. When I was in town I talked with Carlos and he said there were no cows on the mountain. He called Natalie and she met me on the mountain and we went looking.
Natalie spotted her first, down about 75 feet at the bottom in the banana trees, I had looked there before but didn't see anything. I picked her up and carried her until I couldn't go any further and we both pushed and pulled until we made it out onto the road. I had already brought Cafe out to the road, and she still looked pregnant and wasn't calling for the foal.
Laura was there with Ramiro's truck so we put the foal in the back of the truck with Natalie and I rode Cafe home.
Cafe liked the foal but wouldn't let it nurse. Laura and Natalie went to
town for a bottle and milk, in the meantime, Fabian and I got a rope
around her back legs and tied them together, she was not too happy and threw herself on the ground. By the time they got back from town baby Nena was nursing, she has had 3 meals so far but we had to tie the legs each time. Hopefully by tonight they will love each other.
Just in case you don't understand Mula, the babies father was a donkey, thus the huge
ears, but she is so sweet, I love her.”
Isn't that a wonderful story!
Follow my blog by clicking on the RSS link or manually. You'll always find it here, at http://www.andrehugosplace.com/andres-blog.html .
Now I have to get ready to pack. I am excited!
Click RSS Icon to automatically follow Andre's Blog.
Follow Andre on Twitter