By James Somper


The world’s oldest donkey has turned 60.

Bubbles the donkey was born in 1959, the same year as Fidel Castro was victorious in the Cuban Revolution and cinema epic Ben Hur was released.

Since the early 1990s, Bubbles has been welcoming visitors at Hatton Adventure World, Warwickshire, where she is one of the centre’s many attractions.

Bubbles moved to the farm around the age of 40 – the age that most donkey’s could expect to live to.

Richard Craddock, the manager at Hatton Adventure World, said that Bubbles has been around for as long as he has.

He said: “I’ve been here as long as Bubbles. She’s been here since the beginning and she’s still going strong.

“She first arrived when we first opened the farm in the early 90s. We’ve had a lot of other donkey’s since but Bubbles was our very first.

“We’ve all grown up with her over the years.”

Bubbles is believed to have been born in 1959 and has celebrated her 60th birthday where she received carrots and even a special cake.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a donkey called Suzy who lived till the age of 54 became the world’s oldest donkey in 2002.

In August, it was reported that a donkey called Pepper from Cornwall was more than 50 years old and could be Britain’s oldest.

But Bubbles’s pet passport shows her foaling year as 1959.

Despite her age, Richard said that Bubbles is still as loving as ever.

He said: “She’s very placid, and very popular with she loves the attention.

“She’s very quiet and not particularly stubborn like lots of other donkeys. She loves the attention from lots of people.

“She’s like a grandma, we’ve all grown up with her with over the years. She’s a firm favourite with the staff and probably gets preferential treatment from some of them.

“Bubbles has still got lots of energy even though she’s not as energetic as some of the younger donkeys.

“She’s had a lot of contact with people over the years and enjoys the company.

“She does look her age now but she’s still at young at heart.”