A young donkey who was ditched by his mother now “thinks he’s a dog” after being hand-fed milk from bottles by his owners.
John Nuttall, whose family has run donkey rides on Skegness beach, in Lincolnshire, for the past century said Kye has become rather attached to him and is reluctant to leave his side.
After being ditched by his mother, a second mare also refused to feed him, leaving him without a source of food, the BBC reports.
So, with the help of John’s neighbour and dog expert, Gražina Pervenis, Kye was hand-fed milk from bottles.
John said: "A friend of mine took him to get him going. Then he came back and I've had him in the house with a nappy on, feeding him every two hours with a bottle – day and night.”
He added that the equine – one of about 70 on the Nuttalls’ family farm – was originally reluctant to leave his side but is now doing well and had moved into a stable.
He explained how the donkey was very sociable and “liked to be around people”, even thinking he was a dog.
He said: "He'll play all day with the dogs and just follows me around. He thinks he's a dog.
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"They are sociable animals, but with this little one being with me all the time, he just likes to follow me around.
"I eventually managed to get him outside – in a stable by himself – with an automatic bottle feeder, but I still had to come out every three hours and fill it.”
Earlier this year, it was revealed a staggering 70,000 donkeys are used to haul water around a sweltering Saharan city.
Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania in north-west Africa, but the city has no piped water system to serve its 1.3 million residents.
Donkeys are used to transport water from house to house, regularly working 10-12 hours a day in temperatures exceeding 40C.
But despite the vital role they carry out, these working animals often do not have access to the water and food they need, along with other basic necessities such as veterinary care.
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