Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet” and super excited to do so!
Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. We started with “A for Alpaca” then we had “B for Bearded Dragon” and “C for Crocodile” now “D for Donkey”.
Since I appear to be enjoying comparing “similar’ animals, I am going to continue this week with donkey vs. mule.
A donkey is smaller than a horse with a short mane and tail and a black stripe down the back. A mule is similar in size to a horse with slightly bigger ears (but smaller than that of a donkey).
A donkey has a tail similar to a cow whereas a mule’s tail is similar to a horse.
A mule is a hybrid of a male donkey and a female horse. A donkey is from two donkeys.
A donkey can reproduce whereas a mule cannot (they are sterile).
The mule is a much better “pack horse” and will remain calm under any amount of weight, unlike a donkey, and a mule has more stamina.
Mules can be used for virtually any task that a horse can be used for, such as sports, roping, jumping and harnessing. Donkeys, on the other hand, are typically used for carrying heavy loads.
Donkeys have a distinctive bray sound they make. The mule makes a sound that somewhat combines both the bray and the whinny (of a horse).
Very unusual and interesting point: mules are said to be able to jump straight up several feet (which a donkey cannot).
I hope you have learned some fun things about donkeys (and mules). Come back next week to see what interesting animal we discuss for the letter E.
Here’s praying we all have fun learning!