DNA tests settle case of swimming donkey

With the help of DNA testing, a British expatriate couple farming on the island of Lesvos have won a court battle to wrest back their stolen donkey from a covetous neighbor, a report said yesterday. The 18-month-old male donkey was a neighbor’s birthday present to Caroline Giles, who for the past seven years has been living with her husband, Kevin, in a small settlement in the Gulf of Yera, according to yesterday’s Eleftherotypia daily. Last September the couple had to visit the UK for 15 days and upon their return, Dunlop the donkey – whom they had even taught to swim – was missing. Dunlop eventually turned up at a local farm, whose owner claimed him as his own. The couple took the man to court, and won their case on the basis of genetic testing conducted at Berne University that proved the donkey’s mother was indeed an animal owned by their neighbor.

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