A Russian company is being investigated for animal cruelty after sending an unidentified donkey high into a the sky attached to a parasail as part of a promotional stunt. The flying donkey came as a result of efforts made by local entrepreneurs aiming to attract people to a private beach. The donkey apparently escaped the trip without injury.
The BBC Reports:
Witnesses near the beach on the Sea of Azov in the Krasnodar region said the animal had been screaming in fear.
It landed in the water and was pulled onto the shore, said police.
“The donkey screamed and children cried,” regional police spokeswoman Larisa Tuchkova told AFP news agency.
“No-one had the brains to call police.”
Instead, bystanders took photos and phoned newspapers, she said.
“It was put up so high into the sky that the children on the beach cried and asked their parents: ‘Why did they tie a doggy to a parachute?'” Taman newspaper reported last week.
“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 paper reported.
Police began to investigate after the incident, which occurred at the coastal village of Golubitskaya, was aired on national news on Tuesday.
Russian TV has the video below (H/T Gawker):
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