Wednesday, 01. October 2014
11. 07. 14. - 15:00
These donkeys possibly have the most expensive stable in the Chinese city of Sanmenxia after the building's owner was unable to find anything else to use the posh offices for.
The business property with super fast internet connections, a tannoy and telephone network and air conditioning was snapped up by Zhang Zuying, 56, for what he thought was a bargain price.
He said he had spent 300,000 GBP on buying the 400 sqm property in Sanmenxia, in central China’s Henan province in 2009.
He added: "I wanted to have something to give me an income in my old age and I thought that the building was a good investment.
"I got a good income by renting out to a storeowner at the start but then cracks started appearing on the walls and the builder refused to do anything about it. By last September it was so bad that everybody inside had moved out and I was told the building was unsafe for use. Not even the market stall owners are interested in using the building because it's so dangerous."
As a result the only thing he could find to use it for to make sure he could still get some income was to agree to let donkeys live there which are used to give children rides at a local park.
He said: "It's not much income but it's better than nothing and the building is a ruin anyway, it needs to be knocked down and rebuilt and the legal row is probably likely to go on for years. But at least the donkeys have the most high-tech stable probably anywhere in China."
(will be approved by an editor before going online)
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Scandal Over Latvian PM Press Aide|
|Evil Dad Hunted By Cops After Beating Son To Force Wife Back|
|High Speed Segway Chase Nabs Crook|
|Bystander Almost Killed When Car Explodes|
|Till Death Us Two Part|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.