Pack of wild mules

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Comments (1) on January 31, 2013

I have been enjoying your pictures. I spent years in the desert around wild burros. To some folks, like me, a tiny error jumps out at us when it is about our stuff! Not wanting to offend Id like to point out that these can be called burros, asses, donkeys or even Desert Canaries, but they aren't mules. Technically a 'mule' is a cross between two different species, such as a horse and donkey. There are flowers that are mules! You shouldn't expect to see herds of wild mules because they don't reproduce much in the wild. I 'spose it could happen once inna while though. It is fun to hear the jackasses greet the sun early in the morning when they make their distinctive bray. You can hear it for a mile or more. But then I reflect on how damaging they are to both desert plants and animals. Without predators they simply keep multiplying beyond the ability of the land to support them.

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Photo taken in Sheldon National Antelope Refuge, GERLACH, NV 89412, USA

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