A donkey’s cross

After reading last week’s https://justmakethecoffee.com/2014/06/13/photo-friday-29/

Southernruralroute.wordpress.com asked, “How did Happy get ONE zebra stripe?”

I didn’t know, but I knew he wasn’t alone.  My first donkey, Apple Jack, was my first husband’s (Gary) idea.  Apple Jack had a cross.  The two jennies (females) we purchased later, had crosses, as did their offspring.

Gary on fence

When I asked Gary why he wanted a donkey he said, “If it was good enough for Mary, it was good enough for him.”

Good enough.

Now, regarding that “zebra stripe.”  I did know that donkeys can be crossed with zebras, resulting in zonkeys.  I kid you not.  Here’s a pic from the internet:


Again, I still didn’t know how/why the stripe.  This is what I found from First Mainland Donkey and Mule Club News:

Only standard and miniature donkeys have a cross and stripe, mammoths do not. The cross is a dorsal stripe of darker hair down the length of the back crossed by a shoulder stripe across the top of the body at the withers. There is a legend that the cross on the back of the donkey is the shadow of the cross as the donkey stood at the foot of the cross when Jesus died.

I climbed up on Happy’s gate to get an “aerial” photo of his cross.  He obliged by biting me on the foot…. Anything for the picture.

Donkey_Cross DSC_0448

As with other questions I do not have a completely full answer for, I just say,

“It is what it is.”

Thanks for the questions!

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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14 Responses to A donkey’s cross

  1. Jim says:

    Zonkey! That made my day – and it is yet early. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Dianna says:

    Aw…..that little zonkey is adorable!! Oh, and so is Happy!

  3. debweeks says:

    And a Zebra crossed with a Horse is called a Zorse. We learned this from our riding instructor.

  4. pattisj says:

    Interesting. I’d never noticed the stripe.

  5. dayphoto says:

    I have ALWAYS wanted a donkey! ALWAYS!!! So I’m really glad to see yours!!


  6. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    WOW! That was interesting. Thanks for researching it for us. Seems reasonable that it could be the shadow of the cross. I don’t think the Bible tells us everyone who was there. Maybe it was Mary’s mule. That zonkey with the big ears and striped legs is CUTE. Now I want you to have a zonkey.

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