This picture is of a fuzzy baby donkey and his shiny mother.

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A female donkey is called a "jenny" and a male donkey is called a "jack".  Small donkeys are sometimes called "burros".

Donkeys have been used by humans for thousands of years.  Their ancestors originated from Africa.  There are several varieties of donkeys.  Some are light and speedy so they are used for riding.  Some are larger and heavier so they are used for drawing carts and carrying.


A mule is a cross between a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack).  Like their fathers, mules have long ears, short manes, and small feet.  Like their mothers, mules have strong and large bodies.  Mules can carry heavy loads and they are sure footed.

These mules are in a jumping contest.  They don't run up to the fence, they jump from a standing still position.  They are trained to do this so that they can get over fences safely in the mountains where there may not be enough room for them to run up to the fence and jump over.

Thanks to Sarah T. for sharing these pictures with us.

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