Well, yes, seems reasonable

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.

34 thoughts on “Well, yes, seems reasonable”

  1. A [eaceful and joyous Christmastide to you and all those you hold dear, not forgetting my fellow lurkers on this site.

  2. Sorry to intrude on the flow of soul but, feasting on reason, I’m once again staggered that this is what goes on in universities now. I mean, what!?

  3. What difference does it make that it is the son of God….?

    Merry Christmas, one and all, and thanks to you all- Tim especially, for the blog, and all the rest of you for your informative and entertaining contributions!

  4. Correct, Mr Lud.

    ‘Equine behaviour expert Dr Leanne Proops, led a team who studied 130 donkeys and mules at two locations in southern Spain for seven-week period.’

    Why didn’t they just ask a farmer?

  5. Merry Chrimbo to all. And as regards donkeys, didn’t someone on here say that Roman tax procedures wouldn’t have required the visit?

  6. @Gamecock -December 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

    at two locations in southern Spain for seven-week period.’

    Why didn’t they just ask a farmer?

    Because a phone-call isn’t anything like as much fun as seven weeks’ holiday in sunny Spain, mayhap?

    Anyway, enough of this cynicism… MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you mob, and of course our esteemed host!! 🙂

    Have a “boster” as they say where I come from.

  7. Quiet, M’Lud. Puts me in mind of some university inspired nonsense from a few years back. TimW will remember this one. Some genius, no doubt on an EU grant, had come up with the idea of painting the entirety of Europe’s roofs white to combat global warming. The theory being they’d reflect a proportion of the sun’s heat back into space. Sure, it”d cost billions, but what-the-hell. Saving the planet aren’t we?
    Since, at the time, I was doing a lot of driving from one end of Europe to the other it sort of rang a bell.
    So I did a bit of research of my own, using Google Earth & Photoshop, on the albedo of roofs down Europe. Adjusted for varying sunlight levels by using football ground pitches as a reference. They’re all well irrigated grass, much the same colour & shade. And waddayouknow? The reflectivity of Europe’s roofs increases north to south. And if you go to builders’ yards in the UK & northern France, Belgium & look at traditional roofing materials, they do sell much darker ones than those available in southern Spain or Italy. Research project took a couple days & cost a considerable amount of gin & tonic. But no doctorates awarded.
    We’re looking here at the blindfuckingobvious. And a couple thousand years of common sense.* Folk in the north want their houses to heat up quicker in the sparse northern sunlight. Those in the south like to keep theirs cooler in the baking summer sun.
    Now I’d take a guess here & surmise that people have been breeding for those characteristics in donkeys, for the last umpteen thousand years, out of the original horse stock. So whathefuck’d you expect?

    *Not generally available in universities. Especially when there’s grant money on offer.

  8. And just a thought… Wouldn’t Bournemouth University be better placed to do cutting edge donkey research?

  9. Well, quite, up to where you’re saying that donkeys are bred out of the original horse stock. Common ancestor, yes, but not one from the other. Onager, donkey, horse, common ancestor, but not one from the other.

  10. And it takes “scientists” and a “scientific study” to ascertain this?
    For heaven’s sake, any mule kno that.
    Season’s greetings to all who need/want them.

  11. Merry Christmas and all that, but didn’t the donkey carry the son of God away from Bethlehem?

    I suppose it’s possible to argue that a pregnant Mary contains the son of God but it’s a bit of a stretch.

  12. OK. If you’re being pendantic, Tim, equidae the genus.
    One can imagine there’s two characteristics being bred for. Heat tolerance, the smaller donkey is favoured on the volume/radiating surface area front & carrying capacity/mass, the relationship between size/strength of legs required is also not linear. See elephants.

  13. Merry Christmas to all and thanks to Tim for his blog.

    Speaking of donkeys, Murphy’s cheery Christmas blog seems to be about racism FFS

  14. Merry Xmas Tim. Merry Xmas you lot
    The wisdom of donkeys.
    “This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.”

  15. Gamecock
    “December 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Correct, Mr Lud.

    ‘Equine behaviour expert Dr Leanne Proops, led a team who studied 130 donkeys and mules at two locations in southern Spain for seven-week period.’

    Why didn’t they just ask a farmer?”

    Because that doesn’t come with a seven week, all expenses paid, vacation in southern Spain.

  16. Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year. And thanks Tim for all the free ice-cream and thanks to the commenters for all the sharp and witty comments.

    And be kind to the donkey, I read somewhere that 2020 is the year of the electric car so you’re going to need an ass to get around.

  17. It is good, though, to see fewer of the ones wearing red rosettes being elected to Parliament in Midland & Northern constituencies.

  18. Pcar, I’ll admit to mixed feelings over the Blue Wave’s swamping of the Red Wall.

    On the one hand, what had they to lose?

    On the other, if they had anything to gain, it’s probably a bribe at the expense of their children.

    Or maybe they just wanted Brexit. Then, we’re coming for parliament…

  19. Oddly enough, M’Lud, I’m in Carthage now. No sign of Carthiginians though. Nor Romans, for that matter. Although the people at the heladaria do reckon they’re Italians. Labour Party has destroyed itself but politics abhors a vacuum. Be nice to see a party arise wasn’t in favour of big government or in the pocket of vested interests. Maybe it could be built out of the wreckage of Labour. Maybe something new. Neither left nor right. A party actually represents the interests of the electorate, not its own. That listens rather than tells people what to do. No point burying the Tories’ stinking corpse unless you’ve got something to dance on its grave..

  20. Muffin the Mule has commented. This doesn’t seem like the kind of blog that would interest Mark Carney, soon set for a return to the world of obsolete children’s TV

  21. What happened to Tories delenda est?

    Best fight the war one front at a time.

    Labour is the biggest threat to our short-term prosperity, so crush those now. Tories biggest threat to our long term prosperity, so crush those next.

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