Mercedes has been at Longhopes twice. She was rescued more than 4 years ago off a slaughter truck with her sons. They were adopted first.
Then Mercedes was adopted to be the companion of Nacho, a 20 year old miniature donkey. But after 2 years the adopters found themselves in a severe financial and medical crisis.
Mercedes and Nacho were also in crisis because they were fed about four times too much food. Poor Mercedes lost her beautiful, sleek physique. She became 160 pounds overweight.
Both donkeys were surrendered back to Longhopes. They started on a diet and Mercedes lost nearly 125 pounds. Little Nacho started at 450 pounds and lost nearly 80 pounds. His weight loss increased his energy and desire for younger jennets. So he abandoned Mercedes for the younger jennets at Longhopes.
Mercedes is very, very sweet. She has been our Santa donkey and has made a few trips to celebrate the Christmas holiday too.
Mercedes has now become a senior donkey, with old teeth. She still eats hay but she appreciates her daily bowl of grain too.