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Carrot-coloured sports car damaged by hungry German donkey

McClaren Spider sports car and donkey (file images) Image copyright McClaren/iStock
Image caption Was Vitus the donkey feeling peckish? (picture posed by model)

A German luxury sports car driver has won his case against a hungry donkey.

On 15 September last year, Markus Zahn left his bright orange McLaren Spider in a car park bordering a paddock in Vogelsberg, a district in Hesse state.

A donkey called Vitus then chomped on the back of his car, he said. The court found Vitus's owners liable for €5,800 (£5,095; $6,845) of paintwork damage.

The police suggest Vitus may have confused the car with a carrot. The donkey's owners can still appeal.

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Media captionThe donkey had already bitten a Mercedes, the car owner discovered in court

The owners argued that Vitus may not have been the culprit and that Mr Zahn should not have parked his car - reportedly worth €310,000 - next to the paddock.

The court case in Giessen drew national media attention.

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