Museum of Life and Science's Lightning the Donkey Turns 20 on Nov. 6

Don't miss these two opportunities to help Lightning the Donkey ring in his 20th year
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Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

If you’ve ever visited the Museum of Life and Science, you've probably stopped by The Farmyard and seen Lightning the donkey. He has been winning hearts in this exhibit for very a long time and tomorrow, Nov. 6, is his 20th birthday!

On either Tuesday, Nov. 6, or Sunday, Nov. 11, guests can join the keepers in singing a special happy birthday song at 11:30 a.m. The museum is also collecting cards, photos, and drawings to help decorate for Lighting's special day. From now until Sunday, museum guests can bring birthday messages to the front desk and they will be displayed in The Farmyard for Lighting's birthday party. Those who would like to buy him a gift can do so by purchasing something off the Animal Department's Wish List.

Lighting playing tug-of-war with one of the keepers.


Lightning came to the Museum on April 27, 1999, when he was five months old. He is a mixed-breed donkey (Equis asinus). His mother was standard size and his father was a miniature breed. The Museum of Life and Science keepers say he is smart and ornery, plays fetch when he feels like it, and some even say he practices zen raking in his enclosure by dragging his ball around to make paths. 

This event is free with admission to the museum.


Source: The Museum of Life and Science


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