Donkeys

'Parasailing donkey' dies

A donkey that was forced to go parasailing by her keeper last summer, causing worldwide revulsion, has died. The 18-year-old animal, named Anapka, suffered a heart attack after falling ill in December, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said.

Best for literature lovers: Cévennes

You wouldn't have picked her out as the ideal holiday companion. Yes, she was pretty and petite, with soulful eyes and beguiling eyelashes. But Salomé was also narrow-minded, with a strident voice, crooked teeth, a curious body odour and a broad, hairy backside.

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Pandora: Chalky with your cheese, sir?

Rick Stein has unveiled a touching memorial to his Jack Russell terrier and screen partner Chalky. The chef this week flung open the door to his refurbished seafood noshery in Padstow, Cornwall. The centrepiece: a bronze sculpture of his pooch, who died last year aged 17.