Last year, a BBC News correspondent in Sudan reported that village elders in the Upper Nile state had punished Charles Tombe, who had been caught being amorous with a goat, by requiring him to pay a dowry to the goat’s owner, to endure a “wedding” to the goat, and to treat the goat as his “wife” to embarrass him. The dispatch ran worldwide and was the most popular story on the BBC News’ Web site for 2006. BBC News reported in May 2007 that the goat, “Rose,” which had given birth to one kid in the interim (clearly, not fathered by Tombe), had recently passed away after choking on a plastic bag.


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