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Ethiopian Mule Fools Science by Giving Birth

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Muluneh Gebre

Sat, 06 Apr 2019 08:31 GMT

A once in a million baby foal has just been born to a proud mother - a mule in Ethiopia has given birth to a foal, contrary to the scientific finding that mules cannot breed, as they do not have an even number of chromosomes.

Mules are a hybrid of two species - a female horse and a male donkey - so they end up with an odd number of chromosomes. A horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62. A mule inherits 63. 

The mule had surprised the locals in Tarma Ber district north Shoa zone, about 182km north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It proved that mules can give birth, even though they do have odd numbers of chromosomes. 

"I have never imagined that my mule would give a birth even though I witnessed its stomach and breast were swelling" owner of the mule- Mulat Hailemichael was quoted as saying. 

Both the mother mule and new foal are in good health, Mulat added.  

Veterinarians said such kind of genetically "impossible" occurrence of a mule giving birth happens once-in-a-million times.