Ode To Soldier Joe


This past Tuesday we celebrated Soldier Joe’s 17th birthday. We read a very cute story entitled Little Donkey and the Birthday Present. Ever buy a present that you just didn’t want to give away? Well, little Donkey becomes very attached to his present for his friend. It was a perfect story for a donkey theme and a birthday celebration.

little donkey and the birthday present

I put my parents to a challenge with this craft, but oh my, what cute little donkeys they created. We rode our donkeys over to the barn and gave Soldier Joe a birthday apple treat.
donkey rider

riding those donkeys
Joe was in such a happy birthday mood that we even were able to pat his fuzzy little head. Donkey’s are helpful little animals to have around. We call them pasture protectors. They are very observant and will be boisterous when something is not right on the farm.

Happy birthday Joe. We love you!


About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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