Sunday 15 December 2019

Sex-scandal donkeys reunited at zoo

Napoleon, left, and Antosia, seen in their enclosure at a zoo in Poznan, Poland (AP)
Napoleon, left, and Antosia, seen in their enclosure at a zoo in Poznan, Poland (AP)

Napoleon is now back with his Antosia.

The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.

The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating.

Local conservative official Lydia Dudziak took up their cause and persuaded the director of the zoo in Poznan to have the animals put in separate pens.

The zoo acknowledged making a mistake and said the donkeys are again in one pen.

"It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behaviours," the zoo said in a statement.

The interruption of the long-standing romance turned into a national news item in Poland in the past days. Nearly 7,000 people signed a petition to have them reunited.

Two fan pages appeared on Facebook devoted to their cause, with a total of nearly 10,000 likes - and photos of donkeys in the act.

Experts weighed in, saying that forcing the donkeys to live alone could hurt their psychological wellbeing. Politicians were asked about it on the country's leading news programmes.

"Animals separated by sex into different cages? It's complete idiocy," said Stefan Niesiolowski, a lawmaker with the governing party, Civic Platform.

Even the spokesman for Law and Justice, the conservative party that Dudziak belongs to, would not come to her defence.

"It's a level of absurdity ... that has been crossed to such an extent that I don't even want to read or know about this," Adam Hofman said.

In their decade together, Napoleon and Antosia have produced six offspring.

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