What’s a Donkey?The donkey is said to come from the African wild ass. It has been used as a work animal for ages. It is a fertile animal, multiplying in the usual way.
And What’s a Burro?A burro is a small, wild (rather than domesticated) donkey. And burro is Spanish for donkey.
Here is a 38 second video of wild burros outside Las Vegas, Nevada…
What’s Different About a Mule?A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse. Generally, they are sterile, since a horse and a donkey have a different number of chromosomes.
Less common, a male horse crossed with a female donkey is a hinny. The body of a hinny somewhat resembles a donkey, but has a head more like a horse.
And a JackassSo a jackass is an irritating human, right? Well, a male donkey is called a jack and a female is a jenny or a jennet. Hence, a jack-ass (or jackass) is a male donkey.
Next!So what’s the difference between a vulture and a buzzard. Ah, that is another matter…
Note: You might also enjoy How the Electric Eel Produces ElectricityReferences:
- Horsetalk.co.nz: Mule and hinny – can you tell them apart?