Fifteen teenagers in Morocco who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small town of Sidi Kamel have been treated for rabies they contracted from the beast of burden.
The Morocco World News reported that "the sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them."
The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily.
Local authorities have been alerted and search for find anyone else who has “approached” and “admired” the animal closely, in order to limit the risk of rabies spreading among the inhabitants of the region.
The occurrence became the subject of mockery and ridicule among the population of the small town.
However, it has also become a subject of fear and shame for parents who, in the utmost secrecy, hastened to have their children vaccinated in case they had approached the animal.
According to the daily, the number of infections could be much higher, as some families preferred to take their children to hospitals outside the region to avoid humiliation.
The local authorities ordered the owner of the animal to slaughter it to avoid further risk of spreading the disease.
Euro Weekly offered a few more details:
FIFTEEN young people in Morocco have caught rabies after having sex with a donkey infected with the disease.
According to reports the teenagers were taken to hospital to treat symptoms which were later found to be rabies.
When asked if they had been bitten, they confessed that they had engaged in sexual activity with the animal. The Mechra Belqasri, Morocco, residents' story has since gone viral.
The owner of the donkey, allegedly fed up of being mocked and the talk of the town, put it to sleep.