Parasailing Donkey Unhurt

By Bradley Blackburn

Jul 23, 2010 9:01am

ABC’s Alex Marquardt reports from Moscow: It’s ok, the donkey is fine.  After pictures of a parasailing donkey in Russia caused a global furor, news from the south is that the beast has been examined by a veterinarian and is unhurt. “The veterinarian has come to a conclusion that the animal is clinically healthy,” a police spokesman told Agence France-Presse. Watch video of the incident below. The report noted that “the donkey’s mental state however remained unclear.” Last week, a team of men hitched the female donkey to a parasail before a boat yanked the braying animal off the beach for a 30-minute flight above the Sea of Azov.  It was then dragged through the water after landing. Local Russian entrepreneurs borrowed the donkey for an advertising stunt to attract beachgoers to their nearby private beach. Animal rights activists loudly condemned the incident and the police launched an investigation. The owner of the donkey told AFP that he didn’t see the harm of offering her up since people “were having fun.” British tabloid “The Sun” says they sent a rescue team to confront the owner who reportedly promised to retire the donkey. Police will decide on Friday whether a criminal animal cruelty case will be opened. Video:
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