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African Leaders Crack Down on 'Brutal' Donkey Trade

African Union agrees to ban slaughter of donkeys for their skin across the continent

(Newser) - African Union leaders have agreed to crack down on what the Donkey Sanctuary charity calls a "brutal and unsustainable" business—the slaughter of donkeys for their skin, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. The charity says the trade, which will be banned in the AU's 55 member...

Shipment of 'Cow Male Genitals' Wasn't Quite That

Effort to smuggle thousands of donkey penises to Hong Kong was busted

(Newser) - Nigerian officials have seized thousands of donkey penises that were about to be exported to Hong Kong, an official said on Thursday. Sacks of the donkey male genitals were seized at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, said Sambo Dangaladima, the Nigeria Customs Service area commander. The...

42 Protected Burros Shot Dead in California

$18K reward offered for information on 'cruel' crime

(Newser) - An $18,500 reward is offered for information that could solve a donkey murder mystery in the Mojave Desert. Some 42 burros have been found shot to death along Interstate 15 in the Clark Mountain Herd Area near the California-Nevada border since May, though the animals are federally protected as...

Week's Most Unusual Couple: Emu, Donkey
Odd Couple:
Emu, Donkey

Animal Odd Couple: Emu, Donkey

NC shelter took them in, and they refuse to be separated

(Newser) - An animal shelter in North Carolina has a unique problem: It recently took in an emu and a donkey from an abandoned farm, and the pair refuse to be separated. Both get extremely anxious when that happens, so much so that officials at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue say they need someone...

They Looked Like Zebras, But Were Braying

Egyptian zoo accused of painting donkeys

(Newser) - Either an Egyptian zoo director is lying about the animals he keeps or he doesn't know much about zebras. That's what animal experts are saying after a visitor to Cairo's International Garden park snapped photos of what appeared to be donkeys painted like zebras, per the BBC...

Donkey Chomps $200K Sports Car, Must Pay Up
Donkey Picks
Wrong Car to Bite

Donkey Picks Wrong Car to Bite

Damage to $200K McClaren costs the animal's owners $6.8K

(Newser) - A German court has ordered a donkey's owners to pony up $6,800 to the driver of a pricey McLaren sports car to cover damage caused when the animal chomped the backside of the vehicle, per the AP . Police said that Vitus the donkey may have mistaken the orange...

Woman Who Lost Limbs After Donkey Attack Settles Lawsuit

She was bitten during feeding time at Georgia farm

(Newser) - Feeding donkeys is more hazardous than it might seem, according to a former Georgia resident's lawsuit. Anna Maria Giacomi sued a commercial farm in the state after she was attacked by the animal while feeding it two years ago and ended up losing an arm and a leg, the...

Woman Falls From Fake Donkey, Sues for Real Cash

Kimberly Bonn wants $15K from El Jalisco in Tallahassee

(Newser) - A woman who climbed atop a life-size donkey statue at a Mexican restaurant in Florida is suing said restaurant after she says she fell and broke her back. Kimberly Bonn says she mounted the donkey for a photo during a visit to El Jalisco Southwood in Tallahassee on Aug. 31,...

Bizarro Image: Donkey Gets a Police Ride

'Squishy' was wandering along a road in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A suburban Oklahoma City police officer is making headlines for picking up an unusual subject found wandering along a rural road. Norman police Officer Kyle Canaan tells KFOR it took a little pushing, pulling, and some animal feed, but he got the miniature donkey nicknamed "Squishy" into the back...

Amorous Donkey Couple Reunited at Polish Zoo

Mothers outraged that children witnessed their lovemaking

(Newser) - Napoleon is now back with his Antosia. The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating. Local...

Abused Donkey Gets New Pair of Pants

Israeli animal sanctuary gives Haim a healing gift

(Newser) - A donkey in Israel is faring much better, thank you, after getting a brand new pair of pants. Haim the donkey was abused before finding a home at the Ramat Gan Safari, the Middle East's largest animal sanctuary, the Times of Israel reports. Haim's previous owner used to...

Meet the Zonkey: Half Zebra, Half Donkey

Ippo, a zebra-donkey hybrid, born in Italy

(Newser) - His dad is a zebra. His mom is a donkey. That makes Ippo, a foal born this week in Florence, Italy, an extremely rare hybrid called the zonkey. Ippo was conceived after her father jumped a fence that separated him from an endangered species of donkey at the nature reserve...

New Meat Scandal: Donkey in South Africa Burgers

But hey, there's no horse in them!

(Newser) - If it's any consolation, South African food scientists did not find horse meat in the beef burgers and sausages they tested. What they did find, however, was water buffalo, donkey, and goat meat. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 99 of 139 samples contained...

Store Robbery Foiled by ... Getaway Donkey

Bumbling thieves outed by a few 'hee-haws'

(Newser) - A trio of thieves nearly got away with robbing a convenience store in Colombia when their getaway donkey ruined everything, the Telegraph reports. The three had managed to steal tuna, sardines, rum, rice, and oil from a little shop in the town of Juan de Acosta when the donkey's...

Google: No, We Didn't Kill a Donkey

Google on defensive after Street View image circulates

(Newser) - No, Google is not a donkey killer. The Internet giant went on the defensive after a Google Street View image that looked as if the Street View car had run over a donkey in Botswana began making the rounds on Twitter. But appearances can be deceiving: Google released additional images...

Afghan Troops Switch From US Copters to Donkeys

Technological gap yawns wide as US hands off bases

(Newser) - Just how big a void is the US leaving in Afghanistan? Well, let's put it this way: Whereas the US used helicopters to access its remote bases in rocky regions, Afghan forces are now using … donkeys. "Donkeys are the Afghan helicopter," one colonel tells the Washington ...

Donkey Kills Texas Mayor
 Donkey Kills Texas Mayor 

Donkey Kills Texas Mayor

Aggressive male kicked, trampled rancher

(Newser) - A small town north of San Antonio is mourning its mayor, who was kicked and trampled to death by a 500-pound donkey. Police say Hollywood Park Mayor Bill Bohlke, 65, was attacked by a stud donkey he kept on his cattle ranch. He was found dead about 50 yards from...

Donkeys Abandoned Across Texas

Dire drought and high feed costs to blame

(Newser) - Cash-strapped donkey owners in Texas are abandoning the animals in record numbers, creating a headache for authorities and a devoted group of donkey rescuers, the Houston Chronicle reports. Authorities say dire drought and high feed costs are making donkeys, like horses, much harder to keep. "Donkey rescues have gone...

Texas GOP Candidate Tries to Reason With Donkeys

Finally, a fun political ad: Kirsten Boyd Johnson

(Newser) - Even if you’re not a member of the Grand Ol’ Party, you will probably enjoy this political ad from Republican Texas congressional candidate Roger Williams, in which he attempts to talk sense with donkeys. “Get it?” asks Kirsten Boyd Johnson on Wonkette . Sure, the “horde of dim,...

Colorado Wants State Sport: Donkey Racing

Advocates stubborn amid controversy

(Newser) - Pack burro racers’ task is straightforward, but it’s not easy: They must coax, push, and pull a donkey through the Colorado mountains as quickly as possible. Now, competitors want some recognition for their efforts, the Wall Street Journal reports. They’re calling for donkey racing to become the Colorado’...

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