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Reward put up in hunt for ‘French’ squirrel kicker

An outraged animal rights group have put up a reward to track down a men, presumed to be French, who was captured on video kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon.

Reward put up in hunt for 'French' squirrel kicker
A man, presumed to be French, kicks a squirrel of the edge of the Grand Canyon. Photo: Screengrab YouTube.

The organisation PETA is offering €12,500 for any information that will lead to the identification of the man who was seen cruelly booting the animal off the edge of the canyon.

“It is imperative that any community facing a sadistic and violent act such as this one, takes measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice," said Daphne Lacroix, spokesman for the association in France.

The video of the shocking incident, has gone viral around the net after being posted on YouTube, with thousands of web users expressing their disgust at the act.

The hunt to find the culprits may eventually focus on France with the two men involved in the clip heard speaking French to each other.

PETA’s reward is for anyone that gives information “leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual, who is presumed to be French” the organisation said.

“Those who abuse animals are a danger to everyone, they can turn on anyone in their path, human or non-human," says PETA’s Lacroix.

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VIDEO: France to host ‘world’s booziest marathon’ on Saturday

This Saturday thousands of people will guzzle lots of wine in the Bordeaux region - while running a marathon. Here's what you need to know about the Marathon du Medoc.

VIDEO: France to host 'world's booziest marathon' on Saturday
Photo: Marathon du Medoc

Some 8,500 runners from all over the world will gather on the banks of the Gironde estuary in the south west of France on Saturday for an event that has become an institution in the French cultural and even sporting calendar.

The Marathon du Medoc will see runners (or perhaps walkers is more appropriate for many participants) run 26 miles or 42.2km through the vineyards and chateaux of the famous Medoc wine region.

Apart from the distance that will be covered this is no ordinary marathon.

For a start participants will get to sample fine wines at 22 drinks stations around the case. They can also replenish their energy by munching on some of the 18,000 oysters or 200 kg of entrecôte steak that will be on offer.

And they can take in the splendor of 53 different chateaux and listen to the tunes of over 50 orchestras.

The Medoc region's world-famous chateaux – include Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Latour, all open their grounds and cellars to offer runners some of the world's most respected wines

The first Marathon du Medoc was held in 1984 and since then it has proved a roaring success although organisers have resisted calls to raise the maximum number of runners in order to maintain its authenticity.

It probably has one of the slowest average times of all the marathons with most runners aiming to get over the line in six hours.

The race, if it can be called one, begins in the town of Pauillac at 9.30am on Saturday and yes it's too late to sign up.

These videos give you a flavour of the experience.