Zippy and George are two stunning young donkeys! Actually quite large donkeys but very classy with coats like shiny conkers and have enjoyed life in their wonderful Norfolk home for three and a half years.
Zippy, now nearly 6, and George, 5, are very involved in village life as their field is next to the village hall. Visitors and admirers abound and proud foster owners Genine and Ken are often seen long reining or taking the boys for a walk.
Sadly Zippy has not enjoyed the best of health and last year suffered from sarcoids which are growths on the skin which can be malignant. These were treated very successfully with laser treatment and all was well until a couple of months ago when Genine found another growth in Zippy’s sheath area. This time the vet feels it is a tumour but we don’t know yet whether it is malignant or not.
So Zippy needs more expensive treatment. Word spread round the village and several fundraising events were held. Genine also reported that people were putting five pound notes through her door and children donating their pocket money! To date this brilliant village has raised more than £800 towards Zippy’s treatment. Genine and Ken have been very touched at the support they have received for their very precious boy.
Nobody will know until a biopsy is taken of the tumour what the outlook is for Zippy but everybody has their fingers and hooves crossed that he makes a full recovery. Which is all Genine and Ken want for Christmas.
This special boy and his equally special foster carers deserve no less so here’s hoping for some Christmas Cheer for them all.