A 17 year old donkey (pictured) has been taken on by Redwings Horse Sanctuary this month after the owner contacted the charity concerned the donkey was being bullied by the horses she lived with.

Donkeys are sensitive companion animals that form strong bonds with their own kind and Pepper's owner was very worried about her welfare.

Fortunately the donkey has settled in well at Redwings and is getting on well with a small group of donkeys at the charity’s Caldecott Visitor Centre near Great Yarmouth and is enjoying spending time with pals Molly, Jemima and Ellie. As her confidence grows, Pepper will be introduced to more donkeys – including the loveable Woolfie, and Adoption Stars Esther and Denise – but this will be a gentle process to ensure she is not overwhelmed by all her new donkey friends.

Pepper is also receiving a lot of attention from the Redwings veterinary team to ensure any underlying health issues are identified and treated.

Redwings’ Caldecott Visitor Centre has over 100 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, including eight Adoption Club stars! Located near Great Yarmouth, Redwings Caldecott is open daily from 10am to 4pm and entry is free to all.