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A forty something Dad, Husband, Engineer guy living in Western Oregon. Reflections on all things in life. A few technical things and whatever else comes along.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

DMP Important Facts of the Day

Mule: A domesticated, hybrid animal that results from crossing a mare (female horse) and a jack (male donkey).
Donkey: A domesticated ass. Which, of course, begs the question "What is an ass?" Thankfully, Mule Barn also provides a definition of this particular animal.
Ass: A four-footed, hoofed mammal related to the horse, but smaller, with longer ears and a shorter mane, shorter hair on the tail, and a dark stripe along the back. So, it seems the aforementioned jackass is simply a male ass. The main difference between the jackass and the donkey is their domestication -- the ass is wild; the donkey is domesticated.
But what about the burro? Turns out that the burro is a small donkey that is often used as a pack animal because it is particularly sure-footed.

2 Comments:

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Thanks for the clarification. Now I will know what to call my boss behind her back!

News flash: I might spend the summer teaching in Rexburg. I haven't got an offer yet, but the ball is rolling.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

takes one to know one

 

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