Very much not sure of this

Fat tourists are CRIPPLING the donkeys that carry them around the Greek island of Santorini forcing locals to cross-breed them with mules to make them sturdier

It’s quite rare to cross breed anything with mules, they generally being sterile.

Donkeys on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini are being crippled by carrying heavy holidaymakers – as locals resort to cross-breeding the beasts with mules so they can carry heavier tourists.

It’s possible, obviously, as not all mules are sterile. But my guess is that the donkeys are being crossed with horses to create mules.

But what do I know against the might and knowledge of the Daily Mail?

11 thoughts on “Very much not sure of this”

  1. Maritime Barbarian

    OT but I found it of interest.
    The British Army maintained a mule train for supply on awkward terrain into the 1960’s.
    Last used on operations to supply remote posts in the hills of Cyprus. Agile creatures, mules.

  2. I’d have thought donkeys and mules would be used to it in the Mediterranean.

    Isn’t it a local tradition at ‘festival time’ for groups of 8 or more youths to climb on a donkey, goad it up a mountain with sharp sticks before drinking some revolting wine, setting off some fireworks and throwing the donkey off a precipice?

    A practice that’s probably been banned by the EU but no-one except the UK ever pays any attention to such bans.

  3. On an undergraduate field trip high in the Pyrenees, early 1980s. A Spanish Army patrol came through with mule packing a 0.50cal machine gun, baseplate and ammunition. Cue much mirth from the cognoscenti about stupid Spanish still using pack animals. I posed the question “how would you like to carry that up here?” Silence.

  4. Most of the equines in those photos are mules, not donkeys.

    Maritime Barbarian:

    Actually they were only completely retired in the ’80;s: there was stil a detachment in Hong Kong until then.

    Marvellous creature, your mule. My father and his men were completely reliant on them in the Burma campaign. He loved them.

  5. Yep, several of the pictured animals are definitely mules:

    The dugong in blue is astride one. The white animal looks like a mule as well. But then the Daily Mail is a complete joke, crammed with grammatical solecisms, misspellings, and plain, old-fashioned ignorance. I peruse the online version because there’s no paywall, and for the pleasure of wondering who the featured ‘celebrities’ might be and why on earth they are celebrated. Mind you, the Sun is better for that, and is better written, to boot.

  6. The sores are acknowledged as being due to ill fitting saddles. Any spinal injuries are likely from the same. And poor people people aren’t generally worried about animal welfare- they have more pressing concerns.
    I have no doubt that donkeys are regularly overloaded as they are routinely used by poor people. The problem will solve itself as people get richer.

  7. Recusant
    “Marvellous creature, your mule. My father and his men were completely reliant on them in the Burma campaign. He loved them.”

    Welsh regiment?

  8. Perhaps some enterprising young journo has managed to persuade the editor to let them go on a ‘research trip’ to the Greek islands this summmer to study the terrible plight of these creatures…..

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