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(engl: Donkey)

Smart and Strong

Most of today's donkey breeds descended from the nubian wild ass. The breeding selection created during the long domestication of donkeys has resulted in many different breeds. Today, they are still often used as workhorses. Donkeys are clever animals. The phrase "stupid donkey" couldn’t be further from the truth!

Mule or mule?

If the father is a horse stallion and the mother is a donkey, their offspring are called hinnies. If the father is a donkey and the mother is a horse,  their offspring are called mules. Hinnies are usually infertile.

Hausesel, Foto: Christian Langhans
Verbreitungsgebiet: Hausesel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Hausesel
Wissenschaftl. Name Equus asinus f. domestica (Haustierrasse)
Ordnung Perissodactyla
Familie Horses
Größe Kopfhöhe bis 1,4 m
Gewicht 100 bis 120 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit ca. 13 Monate, meist 1 Jungtier
Verbreitung Africa
Lebensraum dry steppes
Nahrung hay, straw, Herbs, leaves of thorn bushes
Bestand secured