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WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PARASAILING DONKEY DIES OF HEART FAILURE
February 6 2011
Golubitskaya, Russia – When Orville and Wilbur Wright first began their flying experiments it is exceedingly unlikely they would have had any idea how far and how diverse their development would eventually become. Like many disruptive inventions,
the development of powered flight has expanded well beyond its intent and diversified to a degree that no one could have thought likely or even possible. In only a little over a hundred years powered flight has forever changed human history in ways that will never likely be catalogued.
Some of those expeditions into the skies are obvious; commercial flight, warfare, and space travel to name a few but it is the use of flight for casual and recreational purposes that are arguably the greatest contribution. Before the Wright brothers finally broke through the idea of travelling to nearby cities in a few hours was foreign, never mind doing the same with distant countries today. Flight has become mainstream, it has become common place, and that above all else is what the Wright brothers gave to the world. Amplifying that notion is the extension of flight to other species, whether chimps and dogs in space or parasailing equines, that extension of flight to all earthbound creatures is
something the brothers Wright could most certainly not have imagined. Now though with the death of Anapka, the world’s most famous flying donkey, many are concerned that such advances may be at a standstill.
“She got sick in December. She became very weak. She had to be force fed by veterinarians but all that care was not enough and she passed away,” said Yulia Dobrovolskaya, manager of the stable at which Anapka lived. “An autopsy showed she died from myocardial infarction which was likely due to the stress she endured while parasailing. A young animal may recover but for an old one there is no way back. This is a sad time for all of us.”
Anapka became famous last year after a parasailing event become widely disseminated and criticized, particularly because of donkey’s age which was believed to be around forty years old, quite elderly for a donkey.
“Rarely do donkeys live outside the 25-35 year old range and so for this animal to have lived to forty was quite an accomplishment unto itself. As we saw last year she kept quite busy and quite active and those types of activities do a lot to keep one feeling young and living a long time,” said Scrape TV Zoology analyst Cambridge Walker. “Of course that can also cause a great deal of stress even for people experienced in the sport, er I mean donkeys experienced in the sport. Unfortunately we don’t have much data on donkeys and extreme sports as there are only a handful in the world who practice such activities. Unfortunately I think this event may spell doom for those few especially after activists get a hold of the story, not dissimilar to the Concorde disaster.”
The Concorde line of supersonic jets was discontinued after a disastrous crash in 2000.
“It would be a shame to see the end of donkey flights after this incident which was more likely due to the age of the animal rather than the events itself. It’s almost like saying that years of drinking killed a ninety year old, while that may very well have played a factor you can’t argue that it wasn’t a life that was lived,” continued Walker. “Human experience is always about pushing further and farther and that should be the mantra of all animals on this planet. After all if we had stopped advancing while still on the African savannah we never would have achieved flight, and if this stops donkeys from flying, well they aren’t going to get anywhere are they?”
Anapka was incinerated in outside her farm home.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent