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        09-10-2011, 12:00 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    wow lovestory10... after seeing the picture of the foal it looks like ima get me a zebra!!! I doubt they're legal to have in canada though....and they're probably not very good with the cold... lol.
    Lol, I think your right; cold and zebra's don't mix He's cute isn't he? He was about two or three weeks old there, he's now about 5 months :)
         
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        09-11-2011, 12:27 PM
      #32
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    Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
    I'm pretty sute that's genetically impossible. There DNA is smiler enough to breed together but the foal is basically carrying a mutated gene causing it to be sterile.

    Same with mules and Ligers.
    I've gotten that the very greatest part of them are sterile due to the reason that you mentioned but there have been some rare exceptions..? I tried to find more information and found that those hybrids are referred being very often sterile + taking a quick look at Google results, there were at least some cases in which a female mule didn't seem to be sterile. I cannot confirm those sources and reliability of them tho.

    Anyways, saying something to the topic itself... Having a zebra as a pet would be interesting experience though I'm not sure if it's allowed here either. I'm pretty sure that we don't have those animals elsewhere but only in some zoos here.

    ETA: very cute and interesting pictures, LoveStory .
         
        09-16-2011, 10:32 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    Zebras? Meh.

    Riding a giraffe? Now that would be cool.
         
        09-17-2011, 12:31 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by TaMMa89    
    I've gotten that the very greatest part of them are sterile due to the reason that you mentioned but there have been some rare exceptions..? I tried to find more information and found that those hybrids are referred being very often sterile + taking a quick look at Google results, there were at least some cases in which a female mule didn't seem to be sterile. I cannot confirm those sources and reliability of them tho.

    Anyways, saying something to the topic itself... Having a zebra as a pet would be interesting experience though I'm not sure if it's allowed here either. I'm pretty sure that we don't have those animals elsewhere but only in some zoos here.

    ETA: very cute and interesting pictures, LoveStory .
    Hmm I don't know then. :/

    I do know that Mule mares CAN carry a foal but they can not produce eggs. There is a gypsy farm here in ocala that uses Jenny mules as egg transfer mommas, so there mares can keep being sown/ridden I think it's neat! I'll try to find the link to there site.
         
        09-17-2011, 12:32 PM
      #35
    Green Broke
    Mule Moms

    Here it is!
         
        09-17-2011, 12:57 PM
      #36
    Foal
    There have been two confirmed cases of mule mares getting pregnant & having foals, one was in Colorado? Anyway, they did DNA the foal because I guess mules are notorious for stealing foals and raising them if they are kept in a big herd.

    So, that is twice in recent history. I would love to see the 3/4 horse, 1/4 zebra though.

    That baby zebra is just precious!
         
        09-17-2011, 01:14 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    If mules do succeed in getting pregnant, then it is with an egg that is entirely horse, or entirely donkey (sometimes the animals retain "pure" reproductive tracts of horse or donkey) that is the only way they are fertile. There has never been 3/4 or 1/4 mule.
         
        09-17-2011, 01:22 PM
      #38
    Foal
    Nope, mule baby, here is a link to the article.


    Befuddling Birth: The Case of the Mule's Foal : NPR
         
        09-17-2011, 01:26 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by pintophile    
    Zebras? Meh.

    Riding a giraffe? Now that would be cool.
    Have you seen the Youtube video with the person being bucked off a giraffe?
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        09-17-2011, 01:30 PM
      #40
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Sunny    
    Have you seen the Youtube video with the person being bucked off a giraffe?
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    I have..That's a long fall..
         

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