Although he may be just foal-ing, one donkey who was saved by his family and brought up with the other pets in their home has become a loving pet.

Three-month-old Kye was abandoned by his mother, but rescued by John Nuttall, 64, whose family runs a donkey ride business on the Lincolnshire coast.

After spending most of his childhood with family dogs, Kye enjoys walks, playing ball, and responding to their whistles.  

Let sleeping donkeys lie: The beloved pet became one of the family after he was taken in

Don’t let the sleeping donkeys sleep: After he was adopted, the beloved pet joined his family.

From pack horse to one of the pack: Kye the donkey is said to behave just like any pet dog

Kye, the donkey, is said to be a pet dog and behaves just like any other pet dog.

John, 40 and Grazina, his partner, had to take care of the tiny mule after his mother abandoned him.

Both the parents fitted the foal a dog nappy and then shared care duties over six weeks. They also kept him company in separate houses, where they often had fun playing with their dogs.

John claimed that Kye was influenced by the puppy time he spent with them. He’s moved in a paddock now with other donkeys.

Kye enjoys living the life of a pampered pet - though his owners did fit him with a 'dog nappy'

Kye is happy to live the life of a well-behaved pet. His owners provided him with a diaper.

It's a dog's life: Kye sprawls out on the sofa at the home he shares with farmer John Nuttall

It’s the dog’s way of life. Kye lounging on the sofa in the house he shares from farmer John Nuttall

He stated that he kept him inside the house and then he would go out in the yard with the dogs. So he really grew up in my home with the dogs and me.

“As I used to whistle to the dogs,” he said.

“He started with toys and balls, now I can walk along the street and he will follow me like a dog.

Four-legged friend: Kye the donkey enjoyed being pampered at home with Grazina Pervenis

Kye, Kye’s four-legged friend enjoyed getting pampered by Grazina pervenis at her home 

John who owns 70 donkeys near Ingoldmells said Kye, his little brother, had a difficult start in life. His mother was violent and he became violent.

He stated that the foal was born to his mother in 2012.

“We believed there was something wrong with the foal. So we tried again, and she also rejected it.

“I was fortunate enough to be there when he attacked me, and managed to get him into my house.”

John initially fed Kye milk from an estranged mom to make sure he got all the nutrients that he needed as a baby.

The youngster had to be hand-reared after his mother abandoned him following his birth

Following his birth, the mother of the youngster left him.

Puppy love: The couple cared for him until he was large enough to move into his own paddock

Love for puppies: He was loved by his parents until he reached the age where he could move in to his paddock.

However, Kye began to decline in health and Grazina took over his training and breeding.

John stated, “I didn’t dare to leave the foal with the mare in the stable because she was determined on torturing him.”

“He went downhill then, so I got in touch my partner. She came down that night at midnight to say: “Right. I have to take the foal immediately.”

“She put a tube in his nostril and into his stomach, and gave him formula milk to orphan foals.

“She fed him that diet for about two to three weeks. It was as if she had been feeding him an hour a day.

The diminutive foal spent six weeks at Grazina and John's homes before moving to a paddock

After six weeks spent with John and Grazina, the foal was moved to a paddock.

Kye lived six weeks between John and Grazina homes.

John explained that he bought large dog nappies from the pet store because he didn’t want any donkey baby urine all over his house.

“We’d also let him out, but I would bring him in at night to have human contact.

John allowed Kye to run with his dogs because they were just right for him. It was then that he learned some of their characteristics.

He replied, “There wasn’t anything I could do to put him with that size. And I didn’t want his injuries from being struck by other donkeys.”

“So, he would go outside in the morning with the dogs to the garden. He would come to me and whistle at me.

Kye the donkey at home with owners John Nuttall and Gra¿ina Pervenis and his companions at the sanctuary they run

Kye the donkey at home with owners John Nuttall and Gra¿ina Pervenis and his companions at the sanctuary they run 

Just chilling out at home! Kye having a rest on the living room carpet, just like a pet dog would

Simply chilling at home. Kye taking a break on the living-room carpet just as a pet dog would.

“Now, when I take my van out to the country, he will see it moving and follow me.” He’s a real character.

John hopes that Kye one day will be with his other donkeys. They take tourists on rides along the Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes, and Skegness beaches every summer.

His family have run the tourist business for a century, with John’s three sons and  daughter becoming the fourth generation to become involved.

At the moment, Kye seems content that he is becoming stronger with each passing day.

John stated, “He has grown up.” He has all of his teeth and is eating well. He is a good foal.

“He will live but is not as strong than my other foals, who are getting their food from their mother.

“But he is alive, that’s what’s important. He was my main concern. It was not my intention to lose him.