Russian Donkey Forced to Parasail has Died

According to a report from Horse and Hound, the Russian donkey Anapka--who was once the center of an international welfare controversy after she was attached to a parasail and flown over a beach as part of an advertising stunt--has died of suspected heart failure. Veterinarians believe the stress of parasailing might have led to the donkey's eventual death, according to the report.

The report states that Anapka's health began to decline in December 2010, and she began to suffer from "dizzy spells and refused to eat or drink." She reportedly died in January.

Anapka's age was never confirmed, but Horse and Hound reports that she was between 17 and 40 years old at the time of her death (donkeys typically have a lifespan of 30-50 years).

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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