Today I found out the difference between a donkey and a mule. Put simply, a donkey is the descendant of the African wild ass of which there are only about left in the wild today. Donkeys are a different species than a horse, but in the same family. They were originally bred in Egypt or Mesopotamia around 5, years ago. The offspring of this breeding is very similar to a mule, as you might expect, though generally slightly smaller, which is thought to be because of the smaller womb in a donkey over a horse.
Mule vs. Jackass
Difference Between a Donkey and a Mule
By: Stephanie Vermillion Updated: Mar 30, We may use the words interchangeably, but donkey, jackass, burro and mule aren't really synonyms. Each term does relate to a donkey, but a jackass is not a mule, and all burros are not jackasses. Following along?
What is the Difference Between a Donkey, a Mule and an Ass?
Lately I've encountered two novels which annoyed me because they treated burro and mule as synonyms, which they are not. The most recent was Abandon , by Blake Crouch; the title of the other one does not leap to mind. Mules and burros are related, but they're not the same animals. Start with the familiar horse, Equus caballus. An uncut male is a stallion and a female is a mare.
Taxonomy or animal classification can often cause uncertainty. For example, it is sometimes difficult to tell if two different names refer to the same animal or instead to a species and subspecies. Some animals are known by similar names but are of a different species. Others may be known by several distinctly different names, yet still remain in the same species.