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!