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Mule Gives Birth to Live Foal

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Kristin Buchanan
Nursing Foal
Username: Josiesfriend

Post Number: 12
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 01:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi all, I just thought I'd submit this for thought. In my local Colorado newspaper today, a mule has given birth to a live foal. Genetic testing is underway to determine who the father is, but a "molly" gave birth three months ago. WOW! Amazing to think that a mule, who is almost always sterile had her own miracle foal. Thanks for the interest!
 

Lynn Ison
Breeding Stock
Username: Lynndi

Post Number: 571
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 05:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Mule is a cross between a donkey stallion (called a jack) and a horse mare. Hinnies are just the opposite - a stallion horse crossed to a donkey jennet. For all purposes, hinnies and mules are classified and shown together under the general term Mule. A mule or hinny may be a male (horse mule or horse hinny) or a female (mare mule or mare hinny). Sometimes horse mules (the males) are called Johns, and the mares are called Mollies. Both male and female mules have all the correct "parts" but they are sterile and cannot reproduce. A VERY few (about 1 in 1 million) mare mules have had foals, but these are VERY, very rare. No male mule has ever sired a foal. SO if you cross a mule to a mule - you get nothing! Mules and hinnies must be bred by crossing a donkey and horse every time. (Male mules should also be castrated, since they are sterile. They can become dangerous with too many hormones, so should always be castrated. You can't show an intact male mule, anyway, and it is useless to keep them a stallion).

I just found this and would love to see pics!! Did they show any pics? Got a website?
 

Kristin Buchanan
Nursing Foal
Username: Josiesfriend

Post Number: 13
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Go to Denver Post, denverpost.com, that is my local newspaper, it was front page news. Because it is so rare, I found it to be very interesting for this web site!Yes, they have pics of the foal, I can't remember the name of the ranch, but I will find out.
 

Dee
Yearling
Username: Dee

Post Number: 93
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 01:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is where I found it http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_6464853
 

Kristin Buchanan
Nursing Foal
Username: Josiesfriend

Post Number: 14
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is another article.


http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5650951,00.ht ml
 

Jenni Luttrell
Breeding Stock
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 304
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12260255
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 554
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 12:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mule or chimera....looks too darn cute with those big ears! Thanks for sharing!
 

E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 231
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is a neat story, and a cute critter (even with the ears!) Thanks for sharing! Ev



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