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This animal is not a donkey, but what is it?

We'll give you a hint: It can run 40 mph.


November 24, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
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November 24, 2015 | Latest Photo

Do these animals look a bit judgy to you? Something about their suspicious stares seems to suggest that we haven't quite won them over yet, and we know why: We have no idea what these guys are. Donkeys? Mules? We'd probably be a little irked, too, if someone couldn't tell us apart from our cousins at Thanksgiving.

We did some research and discovered that these animals are actually onagers, also known as "hemiones" (for those of us who still like to feel like we're at Hogwarts from time to time) and Asiatic wild asses (for the most mature among us) living in southern Israel.

Onagers are part of the horse family along with donkeys and zebras. Unlike their cousins, though, onagers have never been domesticated because they're notoriously hard to tame. They're some of the world's fastest mammals, able to run 40 mph, which is pretty impressive.

They're also endangered, thanks to poaching and loss of habitat. Come to think of it, maybe that's why these two are staring us down.

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