Lightning turns 20!

Lightning turns 20 on Tuesday November 6. I was here the day he arrived as a fuzzy 5-month old. I watched him grow up here. He’s met numerous Keepers, lived with several goats, and met thousands and thousands of members and guests who have been charmed by his personality. While not over the hill yet, he’s no longer a spring chicken. We manage several health issues with diligence and medication. I am sure it is no exaggeration to say he’sRead more

Lightning’s physical (and upcoming Birthday)

Lightning had his fall check-up a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Cannedy has asked that Dr. Cochrane, an equine specialist, come to the Museum and take care of Lightning on grounds. In general, Lightning continues to chug along with his known issues (fatty lypomas, club foot, patella issues…) and is doing rather well. As Lightning has aged, he’s become more reactive to certain vaccines.  We’ve moved towards checking titers levels to see if he has antibodies at appropriate levels toRead more

Early Morning Walk

Lightning and I don’t always have enough time first thing in the morning to make the long walk out to Explore the Wild, but when we do, it’s always worth the trek.     Lightning goes for a walk every day, as do most of our farmyard animals. Even the pigs and Max! So next time you’re here, if you come by the farmyard and don’t see your favorite furry (or feathered) critter it’s probably a good thing, they’re likelyRead more

Goat Coats

Polar Vortex 2014 brought bitter cold air and lots of snow and ice to Durham. Most of our outdoor animals were snug and warm inside their holding areas or tucked into huge piles of hay to wait out the winter weather, but some of the farmyard residents were still just plain cold. We added a big heat lamp in the goat stall and would lock them inside but it still wasn’t enough to keep our two older boys toasty whenRead more