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A donkey that last year shot to international fame after being forced to parasail above the beaches of southern Russia has died of a heart attack, her minders said Saturday. A veterinarian said the heart attack was likely the result of stress brought on by the experience, which sparked an international outcry from animal-rights activists.
The donkey died last month at stables just outside Moscow, where she ended up after her heart-wrenching ordeal.
"An autopsy showed she died from myocardial infarction," said Dobrovolskaya, chalking up her illness to the stress endured during her parasailing experience.
"A young animal may recover but for an old one there is no way back,"
The donkey has been examined by a veterinarian, who found that her half-an-hour-long flight over heads of vacationers last week did not inflict any physical damage.
"The veterinarian has come to a conclusion that the animal is clinically healthy," he said.
The donkey's mental state however remained unclear.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there
you will always long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci Anapka (the Russian Donkey)