Animal keepers have said in the past that he is smart and ornery and likes to play fetch, but only when he feels like it. Some even say he does zen raking in his enclosure by dragging his ball around to make paths, the museum has shared in the past.
He also suffers from a few chronic health issues, which requires some special care. He's a mixed breed donkey. His mother was standard size and his father was a miniature breed.
A Museum of Life and Science Facebook post alerting Lightning's fans to his birthday sparked plenty of love for Lightning.
It also included a reminder that the Durham museum has an Amazon wish list where you can pick up gifts for the museum's animals, including Lightning. For the donkey, in particular, the museum could use some snack holders and a (not-so-fun, but necessary) tube of Ulcergard.
Happy birthday, Lightning!
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