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Following the controversy over the production team of Chinese drama Marvellous Woman allegedly killing a cat for a scene, a much more feel-good animal-related story has emerged, featuring Chinese actress Sun Li, 39.

The hashtag “Sun Li once saved a donkey as a cast member” has shot up the rankings of the most-discussed topics on Weibo.

According to reports, back in 2009, when the actress was filming the drama Auntie Duohe, the production crew managed to buy an old donkey, which they needed for a war scene, with the intention of blowing up the animal for real. 

After Sun Li knew of the awful fate that was in store for the donkey, she immediately stepped in.

Recounting the incident in an interview, Sun Li said: “I was especially worried that they would blow up the donkey for real, so I told the director, cameraman and special-effects director that they really could not blow it up ‘cos it’s still a life that must be protected.”

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