Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
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Artemis the mule
2016: Last May we were alerted by many tourists & a resident to this poor mule tied to a tree in a village nearby, thin and covered in biting flies. Her legs were raw and bleeding. Each day after tending to our own rescue donkeys we visited taking special sprays for flies & healing creams ...very kindly donated by our wonderful supporters !!... and food which she so badly needed. Suddenly she disappeared and we were unable to find her anywhere despite searching for many hours. We wish to thank Michaela & Sabrina of Artemis Crete Rescue, a dog rescue sanctuary in South Crete for finding this gentle old lady who was left, unloved, unwanted and tied to a tree near their shelter, they took her in and today she arrive at the donkey sanctuary. We have named her Artemis after a starving & beaten little donkey we rescued and sadly lost last year.
Artemis meaning and name origin
Meaning unknown, possibly related either to Greek αρτεμης (artemes) "safe" or αρταμος (artamos) "a butcher". Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is known by several names: Munychia; Artemis of Ephesus; Diana [Roman]; Artume [Etruscan], Mythology Cynthia [from her birthplace on Mt. Cyntus], and Phoebe. She is the goddess of the chase, the hunt, the night, fruitfulness, childbirth, woodland wilderness, dance/play, the bull, fertility, the virgin moon, healing, chastity, virginity, war, mothers, foster mothers, and health. She is the mistress of wild beasts and war. Assisted her mother in the delivery of her twin Apollo. Artemis, though certainly beautiful enough to attract several gods, was the goddess of virginity, and childbirth, not mothers. She was also the patroness of young women and children. She, as the goddess of the hunt, was not very feminine. She was wild and independent, and was not interested in men. She acted in a way most people would refer to as tomboyish. She wore short skirts to free her legs for movement.
Nameday: October 20th