Mule talk

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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TIMES photographs by Annette Beard "You want me to do WHAT?!" this mule appears to be saying when his owner tried to get him to go over a high jump in 2010.
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TIMES photographs by Annette Beard "You want me to do WHAT?!" this mule appears to be saying when his owner tried to get him to go over a high jump in 2010.

Mule: The hybrid animal produced when a male ass (Jack) is crossed with a female horse. The mule is a sterile hybrid, meaning it cannot reproduce. Mules come in both male and female. Mules are a combination of traits of the parents with the most obvious donkey traits being long ears, narrower body and smaller hooves. The horse contributes size, speed and muscle. Other characteristics such as the head and voice (an odd combination of the bray that ends as a whinny) are a blend of the parent features. You can always tell a donkey from a mule by the fact that a donkey has a tail in essence like a lion or a cow (long tail with a tassel) and the mule has a tail like a horse (short tailbone with long hair).


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