THE DONKEY OF TORUN (POLAND)
In the south-east corner of the Old Market Square there is a donkey sculpture: the bronze statue is new (2006), but the history behind it dates back hundreds of years. In 1629 it became the city pillory: a wooden donkey used to punish criminals. They were obliged to sit on its back, where a sharp metal rod was attached . In more serious cases, the prisoners even had lead weights tied to their legs to intensify the pain.
The convicts suffered double punishment: in addition to the protruding back sinking into their bottom, they were exposed to public humiliation.
Now it’s now popular among tourists, who take photos and smile while stroking its back