Carroll County Animal Control called us in June 2017 to assist in the seizure of an emaciated and neglected donkey, the only donkey among 20 equines living in deplorable conditions. (Another rescue took the horses.) This adorable little jenny, now in her mid-20s, was living in a gross, dark stall with no bedding, just deep manure; no hay or other food, and disgusting water. She was extremely thin and infested with lice; bald spots covered her body where she had rubbed off her hair as she sought relief from the itching, and her hooves were overgrown. Gracie’s lice infestation, poor body condition, damaged hooves and teeth were addressed and she began to blossom. Soon, we realized she was hiding a little secret, and less than three months later, Gracie gave birth to a little jenny we named Piper. Considering what terrible condition Gracie was in when we rescued her, it’s almost a miracle that Piper was born healthy. This brave jenny has endured so much, but now she and her daughter live in peace, together at Little Longears.