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    07-14-2012, 09:50 PM
  #11
Foal
Kind of like a sorrogate?
     
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    07-14-2012, 10:10 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by filly20    
Kind of like a sorrogate?
Exactly
     
    07-14-2012, 10:17 PM
  #13
Weanling
Wasn't there a female mule out west that actually had her own foal? Seems like I read something about that somewhere.
     
    07-14-2012, 10:18 PM
  #14
Weanling
Mule's foal fools genetics - The Denver Post

Knew I read it somewhere!
     
    07-14-2012, 10:34 PM
  #15
Foal
Wow that's amazing, so genetically a mule CAN have an offspring as long as they breed with a jack or a stallion, not another mule itself?
     
    07-14-2012, 10:40 PM
  #16
Started
No. Genetically, mules cannot reproduce. They can carry the offspring, but due to their odd number of chromosomes, they cannot create the baby themselves. The mule that had a baby was special.
     
    07-14-2012, 10:58 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Mules are usually infertile. However, you said a jack. As in mammoth jack? They are very fertile and able to breed.

A mammoth jack

     
    07-14-2012, 11:04 PM
  #18
Showing
Isn't a mammoth jack a donkey, Allison? That's my understanding. A mule jack can't produce viable sperm, but a mammoth donkey jack is another thing entirely.

Lovely donkey, by the way. I hope to have a long ears of some sort one of these days.
     
    07-14-2012, 11:20 PM
  #19
Super Moderator
Yes, a mammoth jack IS a donkey, even though many people mistake them for mules. They are used to produce many of the better mules.

Male donkey=jack
Male mule=john
     
    07-15-2012, 01:59 PM
  #20
Foal
Interesting and I agree, that Mammoth boy is gorgeous!
     

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