Where the two animal types coexist in the same habitat, it’s possible for horses and donkeys to breed in the wild to produce mules. This happens rarely, however, and nearly all the mules humans use they bred themselves.
Why do horses mate with donkeys?
Horses and donkeys mate to produce mules, which are sterile (most of the time – there are occasional exceptions), so they do not violate that particular species definition.
Can a horse and donkey reproduce?
You’re right, a horse and a donkey can have kids. A male horse and a female donkey have a hinny. A female horse and a male donkey have a mule. But hinnies and mules can’t have babies of their own.
What does Hinny mean?
: a hybrid between a stallion and a female donkey — compare mule.
Can horses mate with zebras?
A zorse is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a horse mare. It is a zebroid: this term refers to any hybrid equine with zebra ancestry. The zorse is shaped more like a horse than a zebra, but has boldly striped legs and, often, stripes on the body or neck. Like most other interspecies hybrids, it is infertile.
Is a hinny sterile?
Most hinnies (female donkey×male horse) and mules (female horse×male donkey) are sterile with few reports of equine fertile hybrids. The main cause of this sterility is thought to be a meiotic block to spermatogenesis and oogenesis.