Mule vs. Donkey
Mules and donkeys are similar-looking animals that have differing genetic makeup.
A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules generally have the size and shape of a horse with the long ears and short mane of a donkey. There is some variety in size and color. They are good pack animals, meaning they can be used to transport loads. Because they are hybrid animals, mules are generally sterile. The less common offspring of a male horse and a female donkey is called a hinny.
A donkey is a domesticated animal (Equus asinus) that resembles a small horse with large ears. Donkeys are known for being stubborn, but are very useful because they can carry heavy loads over rough terrain. There is some variety in size and color.
Both mules and donkeys are herbivores. They have a life span of 30 years or more. Both are generally considered more intelligent than horses.
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