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Ancestry

Posted by PrimRose on May 15, 2018 at 8:20 AM

North American donkeys are all descendants of the African Wild Ass. There are 2 subspecies: the Nubian Wild Ass and the Somali Wild Ass. The Nubian Asses are extinct. The Somali Asses are critically endangered. A few are found in zoos around the world and in small numbers in countries in Africa such as Eritrea and Ethiopia. I like to explain this ancestry in the tours I give (Sundays from 1-4pm). The proof is shown here on Oliver’s leg: there are remnants of the stripe that is very noticeable on the leg of the Somali Wild Ass in the photo below.

Oliver’s rear leg


Somali Wild Ass https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_wild_ass


Vivian

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