Moccha formerly known as Georgis is a male mule in its mid thirties surrendered at the shelter by his owner. The majority of these animals come from the donkey and mule owners that operate them as “taxis” to transfer the passengers of the cruise ships calling daily at the old port of the Fira up the caldera and back down again… An endless treadmill , under extreme circumstances of heat and humidity that starts before the sunrises and goes on till the sun sets… without giving these animals any rest, shade or water… No wonder that the donkeys and mules age far faster than their biological clock and cannot serve their owners any longer… Moccha at least is considered to be lucky as he was surrendered before becoming a total “wreck”…. And has enjoyed the last years of his life in the company of his ex- coworkers!


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