Nip and Tuck, meet Waylon and Willie.
Dallas Heritage Village, which has long been home to mammoth jack donkeys Nip and Tuck, got two new residents last week. Waylon and Willie, a pair of 6-year-old mammoth jacks, were delivered from Illinois (with a stopover along the way for a couple of days in Oklahoma). The name of the transport vehicle? The Jackass Express, naturally.
Here's what a donkey does after a five-hour ride on the Jackass Express:
It seems the move to Texas may have been written in the stars: The brothers already had the names Waylon and Willie, after the country music notables from the Lone Star State. You can visit the donkeys at the village, which features a collection of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes, along with historic commercial buildings.
There'll be a free celebration of the new additions on Nov. 19 as part of the Cedars Open Studios event, which showcases the artists of the Cedars neighborhood and their work.
Nip and Tuck, who are 20, will retire from wagon-pulling duties, letting Waylon and Willie pick up the slack. But no worries: Nip and Tuck will still be at the village, available for petting and photo ops with their devoted fans.
"We may call our donkeys 'Waylon and Willie and the boys,' but remember which boys came first, which donkeys were the urban pioneers who brought livestock to downtown Dallas and won the love of museum visitors," says curator Evelyn Montgomery via email. "Waylon and Willie have some big horseshoes to fill."
The cost of the new donkeys was underwritten by Stacey Angel of Dallas.
Want to know more about mammoth jack donkeys? Here are a few facts drawn from a 2000 Dallas Morning News story about the arrival of then-4-year-old Nip and Tuck at Dallas Heritage Village.
American mammoth jacks once were a common fixture on farms and city streets. Hardier than horses and sweeter than mules, jacks powered public wagons and streetcars. The animals were seldom used for private transportation, at least by the elite, which is funny, considering the next factoid we've gathered for you.
George Washington, the first U.S. president, played a significant role in developing the American mammoth jack. The president combined an Andalusian jack (a gift from the king of Spain) with several jennets sent by the Marquis de Lafayette to produce a larger and stronger donkey than had existed in the United States.
Travel on a donkey-drawn wagon can be slow, clocking in at around 3 miles per hour.