What Is the Name of a Female Donkey?


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A female donkey is called a "jenny" or "jennet." There is some speculation that the name "jenny" for a female donkey came about hundreds of years ago as a counterpart to the male donkey term, "jack." Both male and female donkeys are called "asses."

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What Is the Name of a Female Donkey?
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Jennies are pregnant for 12 months before giving birth to their foal. Jennies can be mated with other species of horse to produce different types of offspring. A female donkey mated with a male horse produces a "hinny." A male zebra and a jenny results in a "zebrass" or "zedonk." All offspring from these unions are sterile.

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