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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: Tom Burger
Hausesel, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Hausesel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Hausesel
Scientific Surname Equus asinus f. domestica
Order Perissodactyla
Family Horses
Size headheight till 1,4 m
Weight 100-120 kg
Reproduction gestation period 13 month, 1 subadult
Distribution Africa
Habitat dry steppes
Food hay, straw, Herbs, leaves of thorn bushes
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