Why Is A Mule Sterile?

Howdy,

Do you know the difference between a mule and a donkey? A donkey is 100% donkey, a mule is 1/2 horse and 1/2 donkey he/she has a daddy donkey and a mommy horse.

The sterility of a mule is accredited to the difference in the number of chromosomes that a donkey and a horse possess. That is, while horses have 64 chromosomes, donkey’s posses just 62. The mule, their offspring as a result have 63 chromosomes and these cannot evenly divide. However it is important to note that there are exceptions to the rule and there have been documented cases where female mules have succeeded in producing offspring after they were mated to either a purebred horse or ass. 

The Donkey Whisperer Farm social network was created to help people with their donkeys, mules and horses.  Please share the information you learn with your friends and family to create a better life for the donkeys, horses and mules living around you.  Remember you can make a difference; you can be a human angel.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

https://www.facebook.com/Donkeywhisperer

2 thoughts on “Why Is A Mule Sterile?

  1. Since our big annual town festival is MuleDay the fourth Saturday of September every year (we just had our 37th last September!), I immediately shared this post on my Facebook timeline! I grew up with horses and mules (which were shipped in from wherever they were born–nobody in that part of Mississippi had any donkeys!), and I truly was taught how to care for them and respect them properly.

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