A 28-year old Zimbabwe man arrested for allegedly having sex with a donkey tied to a tree has a simple explanation for his actions: the donkey was actually a prostitute who had, well, made an ass of herself.
According to New Zimbabwe, Sunday Moyo, a 28-year-old, told the court he paid $20 for a prostitute he met at a night club. Somewhere in the time between meeting her and when he was arrested, the prostitute transformed from a woman into a donkey.
"Your worship, I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested," he told the court, according to New Zimbabwe.
Moyo also said at his court appearance that he's a donkey.
Moyo was charged with bestiality and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, according to AFP.
There are places where having sex with an animal is a rite of passage. In a Vice documentary, Hani Miletski, a sex therapist and the author of Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia, spoke about a community in northern Colombia where some people have relations with donkeys. "In that society, it is an ancient pre-Colombian belief [that] adolescent males will not reach competence in marriage unless they practice intercourse with donkeys," she said in the VBS.TV video.
In the United States, bestiality is illegal in thirty states, according to the Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University College of Law.
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