A donkey was the ideal choice to carry the Virgin Mary, say scientists following study which shows the species is best adapted to hot climates.
The experts believe that the animals cope better with warmer weather and would have been the ideal mode of transport to carry the son of God on his way to Bethlehem.
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth found that donkeys are better adapted to the hot and arid climates common in the Holy Land than other members of the horse family.
Give that donkeys evolved in around and about such conditions, horses in cooler places, this seems fair.
And that is the result they come up with too.