Fifteen children and teenagers from a small rural town in Morocco have been treated for rabies after reportedly gang raping an infected donkey.
The youngsters – aged seven to 15 – were rushed to hospital after discovering the animal had the disease, according to local reports.
The youths, from a small tribal group, spent a week at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital, while the donkey was killed to prevent further people being infected, reports Al-Akhbar newspaper.
The families of the fifteen young people are said to have reacted in “distress and horror” after being mocked throughout the small town in the north-western region of Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen.
Al-Akhbar reports that local authorities are searching for anyone else who may have had similar contact with the animal.
The number of infections is feared to be much higher, as some families reportedly took their children to hospitals outside the region to avoid humiliation.
Parents in the small town are also secretly having their children vaccinated in case they had approached the animal, reports claim.
Rabies is almost always fatal as soon as symptoms show, but treatment before this happens is very effective, according to NHS Choices.
The disease attacks the brain and nerves and is usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal, most often a dog.
It is found throughout the world, particularly in Asia, Africa and Central and South America – but very rarely in the UK in a small number of wild bats.
Goat with human face has scared entire village – See more photos
A mutant goat has left people flabbergasted after footage of the bizarre creature was posted online.
The freakish animal appears to have the facial structure of a human – with the rest of its body resembling a goat.
The animal’s lips appear to be bent upwards, forming a pout on its face.
And its nose also resembles that of a human’s rather than the snout of a goat.
These pictures were uploaded onto social media by Samiraa Aissa, who shared the weird snaps with her Facebook friends.
They were taken from a video which shows two people pulling the animal around while trying to determine what it is.
The video has already had 37,000 views since it was uploaded online.
She wrote: “A strange creature has been discovered in India. The animal, whose shape resembles that of a human being, terrified a whole village.”
Earlier this year, a pair of amorous rats caught the attention of social media due to their human-like displays of affection.
This bizarre viral video left the Chinese internet stumped because it apparently shows rats having sex in a very human-like posture.
Netizens on Chinese social sites said they were stunned to see the fat rodents getting steamy in public – and in missionary position no less.
While animal experts and rodent researchers will say that the scenes are not uncommon, the majority of online users said they had never seen anything like it.
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