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8 Aug, 2010 20:31

Parasailing donkey might be an imposter

The world-famous flying beach donkey, rescued by a British tabloid and currently enjoying all the trappings of her new-found celebrity status, could be an imposter.

A report in a Russian newspaper claims a local farmer tricked The Sun into buying Anapka – a similar-looking animal – for an over-inflated price.

The donkey that reportedly actually took to the skies is called Manya, and is still owned by the organizer of the parasailing stunt, who says he has no intention of giving her to anyone.

While these allegations are still to be proven, the only hard fact in the story is that one lucky donkey has well and truly fallen on its feet, or more accurately hoofs, at the Kremlin's stables.