Pip Squeak arrived here at the Sanctuary in November 2017 when he was just 11 months old. A donkey owner who had his own herd of donkeys inherited Pip Squeak when his previous owners moved away and left him. He had been separated from his mother at three months old - far too early - and although his new owner had done his best to look after Pip Squeak, it was clear that something was not right. Among the herd of lively young donkeys, Pip Squeak was tiny, extremely thin and stood out like a sore thumb.
Our first challenge to bring Pip Squeak back to good health was to look after his immediate needs – food, water and shelter were not a problem, but keeping him warm during the middle of winter turned out to be harder than anticipated. As he was so small, the donkey rugs we had swamped his tiny body so a special order was placed to the UK, and within just days the perfect rugs for Pip Squeak arrived.