Alkioni & Minos 's story & photo gallery
Minos
2017: MINOS HAS THRIVED IN THE QUIET, LOVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE SANCTUARY. HE LOVES TO RUN AND PLAY WITH THE OTHER YOUNGER DONKEYS, RAFAELLA AND ERO.

Minos meaning and name origin
IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY MINOS WAS THE FIRST KING OF CRETE, SON OF ZEUS AND EUROPA.  MINOS MARRIED PASIPHAE, DAUGHTER OF HELIOS THE SUN GOD.
THEY HAD SEVERAL CHILDREN INCLUDING ARIADNE AND PHAEDRA.  KING MINOS IS ALSO KNOWN FROM THE MYTH OF THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR.

Minos is an ancient Greek name, which is especially appreciated and popular on the island of Crete.
It doesn’t have its own nameday, but in Crete men named Minos celebrate their nameday on November 11th, the day when St Minas ( Agios Minas) is honored.  St Minas is the patron saint of Heraklion City, the capital city of Crete.
Names Minas and Minos are not the same, however it is a tradition in Crete to celebrate the namedays on the same day.

Nameday: November 11
​Minos is a strong and influential man; he likes the good life and having fun and he is an outspoken and extroverted person who enjoys the good company and parties

Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete
Alkioni 
2017: ALKIONI WAS RESCUED FROM THE SOUTH CRETE MOUNTAINS WHERE SHE WAS FOUND WANDERING WITH ANOTHER YOUNG DONKEY.
AFTER HER RESCUE IN MAY 2017 WE REALISED THAT SHE WAS SOON TO GIVE BIRTH, WE WERE RIGHT AND AT THE END OF MAY DURING THE NIGHT, ALL ON HER OWN SHE GAVE BIRTH TO AN ADORABLE DARK MALE FOAL.

Alkioni meaning and name origin
THE NAME ALKIONI MEANS ' KINGFISHER' SHE MARRIED CEYX SON OF EOSPHORUS THE MORNING STAR.
AS A KINGFISHER ALKIONI LAID HER EGGS ON THE BEACH DURING THE 14 HALCION DAYS OF WINTER WHEN THE SEA IS CALM AND QUIET, SEVEN DAYS EITHER SIDE OF THE SHORTEST DAY.

Nameday: unknown
ALKIONI IS A GENTLY FRIENDLY DONKEY AND A VERY LOVING MOTHER.