Archive for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Flying donkey spurs investigation in Russia

July 21, 2010


— Authorities in Russia are opening an animal cruelty probe into a weekend stunt on a beach in southern Russia in which a donkey parasailed high over the surf.

Amateur video footage showed men attaching parasail harnesses to the trembling mule. The English-language Kremlin news channel Russia Today reported that sunbathers were distressed at the sight of the flying donkey, which brayed in fear as it glided above the bay for half an hour.

Russia Today reported that the donkey was shell-shocked but survived.

Reports said the donkey flight was a promotional stunt. Employees of a leisure firm in the Krasnodar region village of Golubitskaya, on the Azov Sea, could face two years in prison if they are charged and convicted of animal cruelty.


Janet Lowther 7 years, 10 months ago

Growl. Mule is not a synonym for donkey. Burro and ass are synonyms for donkey.

At risk of waxing pedantic, mules are the sterile hybrid offspring of a Mare (female horse, Equus ferus caballus) and a jack (male donkey, Equus africanus asinus.)

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