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Posted on 08/02/2010 9:52:40 PM PDT by vertolet888
THE PARASAILING donkey saved by The Sun is to be whisked to the KREMLIN'S five-star stables to help her forget her nightmare ordeal.
Anapka the ass will be lavished with VIP treatment including SUNBEDS and ORGANIC CARROTS.
In an extraordinary move, the rescued mule will have the red carpet rolled out at stables established by President Dmitry Medvedev's security service for Russia's famed elite ceremonial cavalry horses.
The donkey will get Tsar treatment at the prestigious Kremlin Horse Riding School close to Moscow while she undergoes quarantine and medical tests before travelling to her new home in Britain.
Here's some of the luxuries she will enjoy while living it up at the equine paradise:
* GROOMING staff who will pamper her day and night.
* A MASSEUSE will give rub-downs with special heel ointments to calm her frayed nerves.
* A DONKEY-whisperer - just like Robert Redford - is on standby 24/7 for counselling sessions.
* AIR-CONDITIONED stalls to keep cool in the summer heatwave gripping Russia.
* HOOF trimming and exotic shampoos.
* FILTERED water.
* PIPING hot baths and BLOW-DRYING facilities.
* EXPERT dieticians who will draw up a special meals plan for Anapka, 17.
* 24 HOUR security.
It's expected Anapka will begin each morning with a breakfast of rolled oats in her super-comfy 15ft by 15ft stall.
Then she will be taken for a walk in the facility's lush grounds, surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking scenery, a world away from her drab former life in the Russian caucasus.
She will also have the use of a 60 metre by 60 metre open-air training course, as well as an indoor course fitted with giant mirrors so she can preen herself and inspect the grooming staff's work.
Lunch will be a slap-up meal of porridge with flax seed decoration.
Then she can chill-out under the sun-beds which are fitted with infra red light beams to warm her tired muscles.
At dinner Anapka will gorge herself on organic carrots, available all year round at the stables, even in Russia's harsh winter months.
The Kremlin Horse school was opened four years ago during the presidency of Vladimir Putin.
Yesterday the posh stables contacted The Sun offering a place for Anapka - and waived their normal fees.
General Director Boris Petrov said: "We are very pleased to be able to participate in the welfare of this poor animal and ready to welcome Anapka with all the love and hospitality, treating it as well as all our horses.
"The Sun's decision to save her is very noble and we are particularly pleased that the salvation of this unfortunate donkey has eventually turned into an international affair, in which we have a great desire to take an active part."
He stressed: "Let me assure you that Anapka will be cared for on a very high level here."
Anapka will be rubbing shoulders with Russia's equine aristocracy at the prestigious facility.
It is the first time a donkey has been welcomed as a guest at the stables, which has just 70 places which are usually reserved for the finest thoroughbreds.
The horses housed there are from the Russian Trakehner Breed, used to escort Emperor Alexander I and Nikolai II.
They now form President Medvedev's honorary escort used at major Russian state occasions, and now Anapka the humble donkey will be in their midst.
Anapka's VIP treatment will have racehorse legends like the Rock of Gibraltar turning green with envy.
General Director Petrov said: "So you can see she will have good neighbours while she is with us.
"Our horses take part in many activities of the State level, including the official ceremonials of mounted guards on the Red Square."
Russia's top equestrian horses are also stabled at the Kremlin Horse Riding School at Krasnogorsk, near Moscow.
Foreign guests at the stables have included horses of the Royal Court of Oman, or the French Republican Guard, on official state visits.
Mr Petrov added: "The horror Anapka faced without exaggeration shocked all our staff for its cruelty and cynicism.
"We are waiting for you, Anapka."
The move comes after Hollywood legend and animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot, 75, personally complained to President Medvedev about the cruelty meted out to Anapka.
The Kremlin is now keen to show its caring face and will use Anapka to win over animal lovers.
Anapka will check-in to the famous horse school next week after travelling from southern Russian where she is now being cared for by the Sun following her horrific flight.
The world was outraged when The Sun revealed how helpless Anapka was strapped to a parachute at a Black Sea resort and sent flying 150ft into the sky.
Her cries for help could be heard by distressed children on the beach as she was dragged through the air for 30 minutes by a speedboat she had been tethered to.
The evil bully behind the sick stunt was 32-year-old Vasily Gorobets, who has escaped criminal charges because of Russia's slack animal protection laws.
Gorobets had taken out a lease on the donkey after duping her owner into thinking he wanted to take kids on donkey rides.
The Sun newspaper has now become Anapka's legal owner and we hope to give it a new home in Britain.
Her plight touched the hearts of millions, including Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, 63, who spoke of his wish to give Anapka a home at an animal sanctuary he plans to open in Hampshire.
Last night a Kremlin source said Anapka's temporary home in Moscow will be a dream come true for the ass, predicting: "Anapka will think she has died and gone to donkey heaven."
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Poor little donkey - how cruel.
Shame he is not our President. He is probably more eligible than the muslim.
Hey, we have an ass getting the king treatment.
Only fair. They have a mule in the Kremlin. We have a jackass in the White House.
I figured this story was about Michelle, “missed it by that much”.
Put Mr. Gorobets in a donkey costume, strap him in the same position he strapped Anapka and take him parasailing in a thunderstorm (that’s for lying to the donkey’s owner). He should be just about as sacred as the real donkey.
If it was about Michelle it wouldn't have said donkey it would have said
Wow - she looks like one of the Butt sisters! That HAS to be a photoshop job.
Somehow seems fitting, the Democrat’s mascot being kept at the KREMLIN’S five-star stables!
Worse, they send him to England. Think Anapka will miss the 5 star treatment?