Once upon a time there was a donkey named Bellino who lived in the Sassi of Matera during World War II.
Bellino was a strong and hardworking animal, but he was also very shy and reserved.
Like most of the inhabitants of the Sassi, Bellino and his family had lived a simple and quiet life until the war arrived.
One night, while Bellino was resting in his stable, the bombings began to hit the city.
People ran in every direction looking for shelter, but Bellino was too scared to move.
Suddenly, a bomb fell right next to his stable, causing the roof to collapse and trapping Bellino under the rubble.
Desperate, Bellino began to bray loudly asking for help.
A group of soldiers, intent on defending the city of the Sassi, heard his braying and decided to go see what had happened.
When they arrived at the stable, they discovered that the donkey was trapped and decided to help him free himself.
Despite the critical situation, Bellino had not lost hope and had clung to life with all his strength.
Once free, Bellino thanked the soldiers with gratitude. At that moment, one of the soldiers noticed the donkey's strength and determination and asked him if he wanted to join them in helping transport supplies for the troops.
Bellino accepted eagerly and began working with the soldiers, proving to be a valuable and loyal ally.
The war continued for many more months and Bellino witnessed many terrible events, but he never gave up.
Thanks to his strength and determination, he managed to save many lives and contribute to the victory of the Allied soldiers.
During his travels, Bellino met many people who were grateful to him for his help and who taught him not to be afraid and to fight for what he believed in.
After the war, Bellino returned to the Sassi of Matera as a hero, and his loyalty and courage were remembered for many generations.
Questa favola è un'invenzione dell'autore e non ha alcun collegamento con la storia o con le leggende o i personaggi legati ai "Sassi di Matera".