“A worker from the store where we buy the feed for the animals told us about a man who wanted to get rid of a donkey,” Laura Llácer, cofounder of Santuario Compasión Animal, a sanctuary in Valencia, Spain, told The Dodo. “When we saw his picture, we went for him. He was not well in that place.”
Pippin was kept in a small pen, and his owner told Llácer that he had recently tried to escape it, getting trapped under the gate and injuring himself in the process. He was known as Tonto by his owner, which means “silly” in Spanish.