What An Ass! Big Man Kills Nativity Donkey By Sitting On It

  • by: Alan Duke

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A large Spanish man allegedly sat on a small donkey in a nativity display, causing an explosion of internal organs that killed the animal, a donkey rescue group said in a lawsuit against the man.

The man has already been charged with animal cruelty by authorities in Lucena, Spain, after a local animal rights group alerted police to the Christmas 2014 incident.

The five-month-old donkey, named Platero, died two days after the man sat on his back "as a joke," according to the group suing.

The pro-donkey group El Refugio Del Burrito filed a lawsuit recently accusing the man of jumping the Bethlenhem stable fence sit on Platero for a photo that he posted on a Whatsapp account.


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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