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.
When I asked Gary why he wanted a donkey he said, “If it was good enough for Mary, it was good enough for him.”
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.
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!
Zonkey! That made my day – and it is yet early. Thanks! 🙂
Whew! I can take it easy the rest of the day (now that I’ve done my good deed)! 😉
Aw…..that little zonkey is adorable!! Oh, and so is Happy!
I probably “need” a zonkey.
And a Zebra crossed with a Horse is called a Zorse. We learned this from our riding instructor.
Cool! Hadn’t heard of that.
Interesting. I’d never noticed the stripe.
It’s fun to learn!
Yes, it is!
I have ALWAYS wanted a donkey! ALWAYS!!! So I’m really glad to see yours!!
They are such interesting animals.
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.
Well, it is interesting that they have been around since Bible times, anyway.
I kinda want that zonkey, too!
Should we take up a collection? 🙂