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A donkey, a mule, and a jackass, what is the difference?

Asked by extolsmith (440points) July 17th, 2007 from iPhone

It are the characteristics that define these beasts? How are they created?

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Perchik's avatar

If my memory serves correct, a mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. They look more horselike than like a donkey.

A donkey is a separate beast altogether (of the horse genus maybe?).

A jackass is a male donkey.

Modern_Classic's avatar

A donkey, a mule and a jackass walk into a bar. The bartender says, "what is this, a joke?"

Bigfish's avatar

Perchik is correct. Horses and donkeys are closely enough related that they can interbreed, but their offspring are sterile. Male donkeys and female horses produce a mule, which due to hybrid vigor, is a stronger animal than either of the parents.

A male horse and a female donkey produce what is called a Jenny.

glosski's avatar

where do burros fit into all this?

rowenaz's avatar

The difference is what how mad you are at your husband when you call him one.

glial's avatar

On the farm lived a chicken and a horse, both of whom loved to play together.
One day the two were playing, when the horse fell into a bog and began to sink.

Scared for his life, the horse whinnied for the chicken to go get the farmer for help!

Off the chicken ran, back to the farm. Arriving at the farm, he searched and searched for the farmer, but to no avail, for he had gone to town with the only tractor.

Running around, the chicken spied the farmer's new Harley.

Finding the keys in the ignition, the chicken sped off with a length of rope hoping he still had time to save his friend's life.

Back at the bog, the horse was surprised, but happy, to see the chicken arrive on the shiny Harley, and he managed to get a hold of the loop of rope the chicken tossed to him.

After tying the other end to the rear bumper of the farmer's bike, the chicken then drove slowly forward and, with the aid of the powerful bike, rescued the horse!

Happy and proud, the chicken rode the Harley back to the farmhouse, and the farmer was none the wiser when he returned.

The friendship between the two animals was cemented: Best Buddies, Best Pals.

A few weeks later, the chicken fell into a mud pit, and soon, he too, began to sink and cried out to the horse to save his life!

The horse thought a moment, walked over, and straddled the large puddle.

Looking underneath, he told the chicken to grab his hangy-down thing and he would then lift him out of the pit.

The chicken got a good grip, and the horse pulled him up and out, saving his life.

The moral of the story? (yep, you betcha, there IS a moral!)

" When You're Hung Like A Horse, You Don't Need A Harley To Pick Up Chicks!!!

gooch's avatar

jackass is a male donkey. A mule is a cross between a jackass and a female horse.

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