Just a quick post to show you a donkey dust bath. Lightning the donkey gets to go on a walk in the mornings before the museum opens. One of his favorite things to do while out is to scrape up some stone dust and roll around in it. Lots of mammals take dust baths to add to a layer fine grit to their coats. The powdery material is irritating to small insects and thus cuts down on the annoying flies that are around in the summer.
If you listen to the soundtrack you may notice several sounds. Two of our farmyard birds are vocalizing (Ozzie the Turkey and the Dominique Rooster). You can hear one of our volunteers, Maria, announcing Lightning’s roll. Also you might catch a radio call from Keeper Jill announcing that she has locked bear doors, which is a safety procedure we use in the Animal Department.