Why Can't Mules Have Babies?
Why Can't Mules Have Babies?
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A mule is a hybrid animal that is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules are known for being hardy, docile, and intelligent. They are often used for tasks such as pulling carts, carrying people, and tilling soil.

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  • Hybrid organisms: The offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds, varieties, species or genera.
  • Mitosis: A process of cell division that produces copies of the original cell.
  • Meiosis: A process of cell dividion that produces new daughter cells with half the chromosome number of the original cell.
  • Sex cell, or gamete: a cell that fuses with another cell during fertilization (conception) in organisms that sexually reproduce.
  • Hemiclonal transmission: The rare occurence in which only maternal DNA gets passed along during the creation of sex cells.

 

Species featured in this video:

  • Mule, is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare)
  • Liger,  is a hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a female tiger (Panthera tigris)
  • Zonkey, is the offspring of a zebra and a donkey. Zebra hybrids are generally known as zebroids
  • Beefalo, also known as cattalo, is the offspring of a domestic cattle (Bos taurus) and an American buffalo (Bison bison)
  • Cama, is the offspring of a male dromedary camel and a female llama.

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