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    Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    Is this a mule or donkey I petted today ???

    I've looked at pics of both and I still can't decide what I petted.

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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    Based on the description here, it's a donkey. Note the exceptionally long, black tipped ears and the shoulder stripe.

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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    There is generally a pattern in the shape of a cross in the fur on a donkey's back.

    It appears to be a donkey.
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    It looks like a well-fed burro to me.
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    LOL, so a burro is a Donkey.

    This animal was certainly very calm and did not scare easily - which I read donkey's are very calm by nature and don't scare easily (see my link below).

    I also read that Donkeys are actually very intelligent - that they can remember an area of land or another donkey even up to or after 25 years. So Donkey's have been given a bad rap as some people think they are stupid animals - which they are not.

    I also read that if a farmer crosses, mates, a Donkey with a Horse then the result is a Mule.

    This animal was up against the fence, and even after hearing my dirt-bike and I turned the motorcycle off, he did not move a step. He (or she) let me pet him and he was so sweet! I plan to take him some Apples next time I go by him to treat him!

    Here are some very interesting facts about Donkeys!
    http://www.mikesdonkeys.co.uk/facts.html
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilGil View Post
    Based on the description here, it's a donkey. Note the exceptionally long, black tipped ears and the shoulder stripe.

    Excellent. Your link proves what I read, is which a Mule is intelligent because one of it's parents (a Donkey) is intelligent.

    I think there is a general misconception out there that Donkey's and Mules are stupid - WRONG!

    thanks so much!
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    My wife and her family used to raise donkeys. One standout feature of a donkey is a long thin tail with a tuft of hair only toward the end -- like in your photo. A mule has a tail like a horse.

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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    One last question before I crash and go to bed.

    Do most of you think this is a male donkey - I think I see something hanging from under-neath "him" that would suggest so!

    ROFLMAO !

    And thanks all for your replies - this has certainly been a fun thread for me here int he Cafe !
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Printer View Post
    My wife and her family used to raise donkeys. One standout feature of a donkey is a long thin tail with a tuft of hair only toward the end -- like in your photo. A mule has a tail like a horse.

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    Let me ask you, or you ask your wife, this question:

    Are Donkeys generally shorter than Mules? I would think so. But I don't know.
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    Re: Did I pet a donkey or a mule today - see picture from my cell phone camera

    Mules are a the (typically sterile) hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.

    So their size is somewhere in between.

    Your picture appears to be a male donkey, Equus africanus asinus. (Some cladograms give it as Equus asinus or Equus asinus africanus)

    Domestic horses are Equus ferus caballus.


    Interesting US Army historical note:

    Fresh, wet-behind-the-ears Second Lieutenants are often referred to as "Shave tails". This is due to the practice of cutting the tail (which is hair, like a horse's) off of an unbroken, newly-acquired mule to indicate that it is untrained and not ready for military service.
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