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Hungry donkey mistakes orange supercar for giant carrot, costs owner a bomb

Local police said the donkey might have confused the supercar for a giant carrot.

autos Updated: Sep 29, 2017 19:27 IST
Markus Zahn stands next to his sportscar in Giessen, Germany
Markus Zahn stands next to his sportscar in Giessen, Germany(AP Photo)
         

Parking a £280,000 McLaren 650S next to an animal enclosure in central Germany’s Vogelsberg cost a businessman dearly after a donkey chomped on his orange-coloured supercar.

The incident happened last September when Markus Zahn left his car next to the paddock where a donkey-Vitus-was grazing.

Local police said the donkey might have confused the supercar for a giant carrot.

The case ended on Thursday after a German court found the peckish donkey’s owner liable for £5,095 of paintwork damage
The case ended on Thursday after a German court found the peckish donkey’s owner liable for £5,095 of paintwork damage ( AP Photo )

“I looked into the rear-view mirror and suddenly saw a pair of fluffy ears. And then I heard a strange sound. The sound came from a donkey, which was gnawing at my fender,” Zahn told German tabloid Bild.

McLaren’s garage covered the cost for most of the damage, Zahn was still left with a £5,280 bill and has sought compensation from the donkey owner.

The case ended on Thursday after a German court found the peckish donkey’s owner liable for £5,095 of paintwork damage.

He, however, refused to pay for the damage and suggested that the car was parked “too close” to the paddock.

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 19:24 IST