Donkey Trivia

Photo courtesy of A. Kasarjian Art and Photography


Eddie asks:

  1. Why are a donkey’s ears so big?
  2. What is the difference between a donkey and a mule?
  3. How long do donkeys live?
  4. What is the story about the cross markings on the back of a Sicilian donkey?
  5. What is the difference between a donkey and a burro?
  6. What are the terms for male and female donkeys?




And the answers are:

  1. Yes, they have good hearing. But their big ears also help to keep them cool. The blood is close to the surface in their ears and as the blood comes close to the surface it cools, and then is recirculated into the rest of their body.
  2. A donkey is its own species. A mule is a donkey crossed with a horse. Most mule’s are sterile, so you can only get a mule by crossing a donkey with a horse.
  3. Donkeys in poor, working countries live about 12-15 years. Pet donkeys in the United States that are healthy can live upwards of 40 years.
  4. Some donkeys have a cross on their back and the Biblical story is that a donkey carried Mary into Bethlehem when she was about to give birth to Baby Jesus. So the donkey was blessed and forever has a cross on his back. In equine terms, the cross is called a dorsal stripe.
  5. Donkeys are burros are the same thing!
  6. Males are called jacks and females are called jennys.
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  1. Glenda Childress April 20, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I love donkeys!

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