The Moroccan foal

A mule is the hybrid of a horse and a donkey and should be sterile. Scientifically speaking a horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62, so a mule is left with 63, an uneven number which cannot divide into chromosome pairs. This should make a mule unable to reproduce. But in this case the 14-year-old mother mule gave birth to a male foal in a hamlet, deep in rural Morocco. The Moroccan foal(young horse or a pony) looks a bit like a baby donkey and a bit like a baby mule - but not exactly like either.

Posted by M Hunt on Saturday, March 29, 2008. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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