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Donkey Stuck in Manhole: Let the Puns Begin

When you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground, they can get mixed up. In Pratteln, Switzerland, that is exactly what happened when a 13-year-old donkey named Nilo fell down a manhole early Saturday morning. It was definitely a manhole -and not an asshole- because it was too small for the donkey to maneuver in, and he was stuck. Passerby Bruno Schneider saw the donkey’s predicament and called the local fire brigade, who came and saved his ass extracted the donkey from the manhole. Except for some cuts and bruises “at the rear of him” (as Google Translate puts it), the donkey is fine. Nilo is back at home at the petting zoo from which he escaped Friday night. However, a photograph handed out by the Basel Landschaft police department has gone viral globally, with the expected puns and comparisons to Donkey from the movie Shrek. -via Buzzfeed

(Image credit: Basel Landschaft Police)


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The old Associated Press style manual had an entry, "burrow/burro," 'One is an ass, the other a hole in the ground. A good reporter knows the difference.' Here we have an illustration of that difference.
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