Monday, July 12, 2010

More About Those Donkey's

No set of donkey facts would be complete without the following: The male donkey is called a jack, the female a jenny, and donkeys under one year old are collectively referred to as foals. A foal is a colt if male, and a filly if female.

Different species of the horse family can usually interbreed, with the most common example being that of the horse-donkey hybrid, which we know as the mule.

The mule is the result of a male donkey mating with a female horse, and in general, carries many of the finer features of both species. A male horse can also mate with a female donkey. Here the offspring is called a hinny. A cross species less frequently encountered, and generally considered to be a less desirable or useful animal than is the mule.
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