Mule

No. 249429

by Safari Ltd
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Darwin once said of mules that art here has outdone nature, referring to the fact that this horse-donkey hybrid captured only the very best characteristics of its parents. Mules are strong and capable pack animals, demonstrating endurance and a pleasant disposition.

  • Scientific Name: Equus asinus x Equus caballus

  • Characteristics: This mule figure clearly demonstrates the attributes of both donkeys and horses. It has the ears and face of a donkey, but its body is similar to the size and muscle of a horse.
  • Size and Color: This bay-colored mule measures 4 ¾ inches long and 4 inches tall, about the size of a CD case. Realistic sculpting ensures that it reflects the features of both parents.
  • The Mule is part of the Safari Farm collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History

    Mules represent man’s first hybrid, an ancient cross between male donkeys and female horses that resulted in a domestic favorite with the best qualities of both parents. They were first bred in antiquity, with the exact location unknown. However, we know donkeys were domesticated in Egypt and horses were first domesticated somewhere on the border of Europe and Asia. These domestication events occurred some 1,000 years apart. The hybrid is considered sterile, but that’s not completely true. Although mule stallions are indeed infertile, there have been extremely limited cases of mule mares giving birth. In any case, mules were extremely popular before automation limited their uses as draft animals. However, they are still used among the Amish, who don’t use tractors on their farms.

    • Recommended Age: 3+
    • Size in cm: 12.3 L x 3.6 W x 10.19 H
    • Size in inches: 4.84 L x 1.42 W x 4.01 H
    • UPC: 095866249403
    Present Status In the United States, mules are kept by hobbyists just for fun and by Amish/Mennonite families for farm work. However, across the globe, poor people use the mule for farming. It has been estimated that 15 million mules exist across the world, and 90 percent of those mules live in third world nations.