05 Feb '11, 3pm

A donkey who shot to fame after being forced to parasail above the beaches of Russia has died of a heart attack

MOSCOW - A DONKEY who last summer shot to international fame after being forced to parasail above the beaches of southern Russia has died of a heart attack, her minders said on Saturday. 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 ...

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