The Life of Animals | Mule | With its short thick head, long ears, thin Limbs, small narrow hooves, and short mane, mule shares the characteristics of a donkey; in height and body, shape of neck and croup, uniformity of coat, and teeth, it Appears horse- like the mule comes in all sizes, shapes and conformities. There are mules That resemble quarter horses, huge draft mules, fine-boned racing mules, shaggy pony mules and many more types. A mule does not sound exactly like a donkey or a horse. Sometimes, mules whimper. The coats of mules come in the same varieties as Those of horses. Least common are Paint mules or tobianos.
Many North American Farmers with clay soil found mules superior as plow animals. Mules are highly intelligent. Mules and Hinnies have 63 chromosomes, a mixture of the horse and the donkey's 64's 62. There are no recorded cases of fertile mule stallions A few female mules have produced offspring mated with a purebred horse or donkey.
In Morocco, in early 2002, a mare mule produced a rare foal In 2007 a mule named Kate gave birth to a son in Colorado mule Blood and hair samples tested were the resource persons verifying That the mother was a mule and the colt was indeed her offspring.
In 2003, Researchers at the University of Idaho and Utah State University produced the first cloned mule as part of Project Idaho. The research team includes Gordon Woods, UI professor of animal and veterinary science, Kenneth L. White, USU professor of animal science, and Dirk Vanderwall, UI assistant professor of animal and veterinary science. The baby mule, Idaho Gem, was born May 4.