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Hinnies, Mules, Zonkeys and Zorses

Cross between Donkey and Horse

Hinnies and mules don’t differ that much when it comes to looks. So, you can’t say “that’s definitely a mule (or hinny)” just by looking at one. But if you know which animals were father and mother, it is very simple:

• Hinny

  • Father: Male horse
  • Mother: Female donkey

Generally, it’s said that hinnies have the character of donkeys and are a little smaller.

Hinny - Photo: Alexander Varbenov/Shutterstock

Hinny - Photo: Anna Kepa/Shutterstock

Hinny - Photo: Rachele Totaro IT/Shutterstock

• Mule

  • Father: Male donkey
  • Mother: Female horse

Mules are more similar to horses and therefore tend to be slightly larger and more resilient. By the way: Mules are not as easy to breed as mules because of their genes (= their genetic make-up).

Mule Mule - Photo: TIF Fotos/Shutterstock

Mule Mule - Photo: Foto: Shutterstock

Mule Mule - Photo: slowmotiongli/Shutterstock

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