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    Russian holidaymakers were left shocked after a donkey was forced to parasail off a beach as part of a sick advertising stunt.
    The animal, braying in terror, soared above the southern village of Golubitskaya while crying children below echoed its screams.
    The stunt – intended to attract people into parasailing at a private beach club – backfired after police began investigating allegations of animal cruelty.

    Eeyore, airborne: The scared donkey flies over the Russian resort of Golubitskaya

    The animal eventually landed back on the shoreline in an ‘atrocious manner’ after being dragged through the water at the Sea of Asov resort.
    Sunbathers rushed to rescue the frightened donkey and were lucky to stop it from drowning.
    ‘The donkey screamed and children cried,’ Krasnodar regional police spokeswoman Larisa Tuchkova told the AFP news agency.
    ‘No-one had the brains to call police.’

    Steady: Private beach hold the donkey down as a speedboat pulls the parachute

    Donkey gone: Workers let the donkey go as the parachute drags it into the air

    Flight of fright: The donkey, which could be heard screaming, soars over the sea

    Instead, she said, people reached for their cameras and bombarded a local Cossack newspaper with phone calls.
    According to the paper, Taman, the donkey flew so high that children on the beach cried and asked their parents: ‘Why did they tie a doggy to a parachute?’
    Its editor, Elena Iovleva, said: ‘The donkey landed in an atrocious manner.
    ‘It was dragged several metres along the water, after which the animal was pulled out half-alive onto the shore.’
    The incident is stunning even for a country where animal cruelty is widespread and came as a shock to the locals, Miss Iovleva said.
    She added: ‘This has never happened before.’
    The footage of Thursday’s incident has now been aired across Russia’s national TV network.
    An Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed that a beach club had given ‘this donkey a parasailing ride in order to attract holidaymakers’ attention to this sort of entertainment.’
    Police will now launch a probe and, if the entrepreneurs are found guilty, they could face prosecution for animal cruelty.

    The offence carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison.
    Russian police last night admitted that the trail has gone cold as they hunt to find the donkey owner, who was responsible for the horrific animal abuse.
    'He has done a runner, he has gone into hiding,' said a police spokesman.
    Another officer Denis Yegorov said: 'It’s amazing that onlookers didn’t knock his teeth out there and then. But in fact no-one complained, not a single person.
    'And this is a problem for the police because without an official complaint from a witness we cannot launch a criminal investigation.

    Location: Golubitskaya is a Cossack village on the Sea of Asov, also shown below



    'If we find this man right now all we can do is talk to him - and check the donkey is healthy.'
    He claimed the shocking video evidence could not be used alone under Russian law to spark an official probe.
    But as Russian public opinion was horrified by the footage, there was speculation the FSB - formerly called the KGB - would join the hunt for the donkey owner.
    A police source said: 'The man is missing. But we are now very concerned for the donkey.'
    'Reports say the animal survived but we need to make sure the creature is all right after his ordeal.'
    Last night a Russian animal rights group lodged an official complaint demanding police action.
    'The sadists have shown their know-how,' said Konstantin Sabinin, projects director Vita, an anti-cruelty group.
    'It’s an extremely despicable event.' The group said it was a test case for how seriously the Kremlin takes animal cruelty.

    Read more: Flying donkey shocks Russian beachgoers after parasailing firm's sick stunt | Mail Online

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    Poor thing. I hate evil fucking assholes who do shit like this.
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    People are just mean and cruel....

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    SUPER DONKEY!

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    Poor thing.

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    Her death-defying drop brought allegations of animal cruelty, but the parasailing donkey now has a home with The Sun.
    The British tabloid purchased the donkey, named Anapka, after video of the the 17-year-old animal strapped to a parasail as part of a publicity stunt shocked viewers around the world. Anapka survived the fall but was reportedly dragged half-dead from the water.
    The Sun, one of the first tabloids to report the incident, said a reader outcry led them to purchase the donkey. "We were contacted by thousands of readers. They wanted us to ensure the well-being of this animal," said Sun writer Garry O'Shea to the Associated Press.
    Anapka was transported from her hometown to Moscow, where she underwent a veterinary examination that showed no major issues. She'll be shipped to Britain this week, where the newspaper plans to find her a permanent (and grounded) home.

    Read more: An Ink-Stained (But Happy!) Ending for the Parasailing Donkey - TIME NewsFeed

    But the Guardian say it isn't the same donkey...I hope it is ok where ever it is

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010...n-donkey-stunt

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    Parasailing donkey dies of heart attack

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    The donkey ended up in the skies as a result of an impromptu advertising campaign (AFP/Taman News)

    A donkey who shot to international fame last year after being forced to parasail above the beaches of southern Russia has died of a heart attack.
    A veterinarian said the heart attack was likely the result of stress brought on by the experience, which sparked an international outcry from human-rights activists and a campaign by a British tabloid to rescue the beast.
    The female donkey named Anapka made headlines worldwide and attracted the attention of local police after beachgoers in Russia's southern village of Golubitskaya were stunned when they saw a braying, apparently terrified donkey soaring in the blue skies over the Sea of Azov.
    The donkey was attached to a parachute pulled by a speedboat and was in the skies as a result of an impromptu advertising campaign by several entrepreneurial Russians to attract beachgoers to indulge in the thrill of parasailing.
    The donkey died last month at stables just outside Moscow where she ended up after her heart-wrenching ordeal, her minders said.
    Stable manager Yulia Dobrovolskaya says Anapka was old but looked healthy and was very quiet when she arrived in the stables but soon began to refuse food and water.
    "She got sick in December. She became very weak," she said, adding that vets had to force-feed her for more than a week before she died.
    A veterinarian who examined the donkey said she was probably around 40-years-old but the most likely cause of death was a heart attack.
    "An autopsy showed she died from myocardial infarction," Ms Dobrovolskaya said, chalking up her illness to the stress endured during her parasailing experience.
    "A young animal may recover but for an old one there is no way back."
    Local media said in the summer the donkey was so high in the sky that children on the beach cried and asked their parents why a dog was tied to a parachute.
    "The donkey landed in an atrocious manner: it was dragged several metres along the water, after which the animal was pulled out half-alive onto the shore," local newspaper Taman said at the time.
    The stunt aroused a storm of protest from animal-rights activists including French actress Brigitte Bardot who wrote to president Dmitry Medvedev.
    The animal became the subject of British tabloid hysteria and The Sun published a series of stories saying it tracked down the poor animal and rescued it from its owner.
    Parasailing donkey dies of heart attack - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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