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|05-23-2012, 08:21 AM||#17|
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: On a plate, man. On a plate.
Motorcycles: The kind that roll me to the noodle house.
|05-23-2012, 12:29 PM||#18|
Team Clueless, Captain
Join Date: Oct 2010
Motorcycles: GSXR750 EX500
wait.. i thought a donkey is an ass?
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|05-23-2012, 02:20 PM||#19|
Join Date: Oct 2003
To answer your questions, we chose to do simple searches on the terms, one by one, in the order that you submitted them. First, we looked for mules. The results led us to the Mules category in Yahoo!. Once there, we found exactly what we wanted: Mule Barn, the World Wide Gathering of Mules and Donkeys.
Some of the site's links looked very promising: "About Mules" and "About Donkeys." At very least, we thought, we would be killing two hoofed mammals with one stone. However, we eventually learned that Mule Barn could provide us with all of the answers.
Here are the definitions according to the Mule Barn:
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.
Thanks you for your time