Monday, January 17, 2011

Horsing Around Big Time!

AH-HAH! What were you thinking?!??! Hheheheh....

OK, since we were on the topic of safaries (Well, at least I am or was). I remembered when I visited Singapore Zoo few years back (I love Zoooooosssss, I don't know why), they have this section introducing maybe more like a petting zoo for kids on horse, donkeys, mules and stuff (one section of it). The thing is, since I was there with Maimon and family, we linger longer here and I decided to do some "self-educating" time. Despite that I love zoo, I don't bother much on learning about animals (WEIRD! I know!).

So, what I am getting at is...

What's the difference between mules, hinny, donkeys, burros, and jackasses etc?

Well, I certainly don't know... back then. Now? Abit... but kept on confusing myself! I decided to put this on blog and give myself a recap and 101 tutorial to all (Noble huh! Perasan!). Of cause, those who have more and further info, please share!

Colour coded to add the fun element.

DONKEY / ASS : A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny, and offspring less than one year old, a foal (male: colt, female filly). The ass is wild and the donkey is domesticated.


BURROS : Small donkey is sometimes called a burro (from the Spanish word for the animal).

Got it? OK, let's continue.

MULE : Offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). All male mules and most female mules are infertile.


HINNY : Domestic equine hybrid that is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey (called a jenny).


Now, I thought I add weirder stuff (I got this from Wikipedia).

ZEBROID : Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids (also zebra mule and zebrule) is the offspring of any cross between a male zebra and any other equine: essentially, a zebra hybrid.

DONKRA : Offspring of a male donkey and female zebra, called a zebra hinny, or donkra, do exist but are rare.

See whether you confused yourself by now.

QUAGGA : It was distinguished from other zebras by having the usual vivid marks on the front part of the body only. In the mid-section, the stripes faded and the dark, inter-stripe spaces became wider, and the rear parts were a plain brown.


ZORSE : Offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. This cross is also called a zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra. Like most other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile.


Last one, am getting headache now...

HORBRA: Offspring of a male horse and a female zebra (The rarer reverse pairing) is also sometimes called a hebra, zebrinny or zebret.

Hahhahah.... Do you like you hybrid lesson so far?

Can you tell the difference? I can't.

P/S : Bananaz, your creativity needed. Hhehehe...

Hyperlink & pic credits : Wikipedia


eugene said...

Now this is a bundle of knowledge to me as well, never heard of hinny or zorse, paiseh lah, i ain't know much about animal..

see i told you i always learned a thing or two whenever i come to your blog,, travel does make a lot of difference, right?

have a great week ahead y a

Gracie said...

Well I have just learnt a whole lot from that post. Who would have thought there were so many hybrids.

And I haven't been to a zoo in so long. I think that must change.

Biqque said...

are they really God's creation or human hybrid-ed them?

i don't like it :(

George said...

Thanks for the education. I must be honest, though, and say I hope you won't be giving us a test.

Miles Of Style said...

aww that lil ass is so cute! i really enjoyed the hybrid lesson sweets haha! and talking about the singapore zoo have you had the opportunity to have breafast with orangutans yet? i totally wanna do that one...!

Lily Riani said...


i thought it will be fun tehn the normal stuff i blog, now we all can feel smart! hahaha....


we all should visit the zoo ;)


hybrid ler... i rasa as long as same species idak apa ler kot, kira cam melayu kahwin mat salleh or china kahwin european gitu jek.

Lily Riani said...


hahahahh... you juuuuust gave me that idea. *wink wink*


i havent even seen orangutan, am soo embarrass being a malaysian. for you, i shall ame a trip to borneo just for this!

Design Elements said...

thanks for the education. hug

Bananazą®‡ said...

tQ for creating this post coz you slipped on Bananaz peel haha. Wowie! So much to learn just on Ass alone. Yeah Heard of Zorse before and hope you wont have another post coz of my next question. Are the stripes of a zebra black or white? ~;).

Lily Riani said...

design elements,

no prob. :)


hemmm... you are very challenging indeed, first the chinese characters now the animal, i should have an entry just for you :D

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

... and I thought Wikipedia was a serious site. I think I am going to ask for more of that from them.... er ... maybe the clue is in the first photo ;-)
I'm just going out today to see if I I can find a Cog or a Dat !!

Ola said...

Shame to say but I like zoos too:)

Traveller's Anatomy said...

hybrid overdosed :')

Lily Riani said...


i am laughing my heart out... my house have 3 dat and no cog. HAHAHHAHAH


yeay! now i dont feel lonely.


tell me about it.

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