Ripple is an unusual donkey in more ways than one. With his deep brown luxurious coat and a dark brown nose, he really stands out from the group, especially as this is not typical donkey colouring.
Our gentle giant, as he is known by his grooms, is a big donkey with the softest of hearts. Utter a few kind words in his direction and you’re guaranteed to make his bottom lip wobble. Give his soft muzzle a tickle and the wobbling increases. Give him a cuddle and he loses all control! His droopy bottom lip is capable of melting anyone’s heart, especially when he nestles his head on your shoulder.
Ripple’s other passion in life has to be playing tug of war, which he enjoys doing with his best friend Billy. Ripple has lots of friends at his home in Leeds and his affectionate, warm nature means he makes friends with humans very quickly! This is just one of the qualities that make him an important part of the donkey assisted therapy team.
Despite only being eight years old, Ripple is delightfully calm and behaves perfectly around the children who visit. He is too big to drive the carts but he’s a real favourite with the children because of his size. He also loves to join in with any arena games that the children and adults play when they visit the centre: if there’s an opportunity to be social, he wants to be there.
Did we mention he’s also a handsome chap? Just check out the photos and videos if you need further proof.
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