An Indonesian teen was recently forced by village elders to marry a cow – after he was caught having sex with it. The young man passed out during the ceremony in front of hundreds of curious onlookers.
Ngurah Alit, 18, was caught in flagrante delicto behind the cow in a rice paddy field near the village of Yeh Embang in Jembrana.
Caught, literally, with his pants down, Alit admitted his crime but claimed the cow seduced him and "wooed him with flattering compliments."
The marriage ceremony was part of a Pecaruan ritual designed to cleanse the village of the unholy act.
Alit apparently did not make it through the vows as he lost conciousness during the ceremony amid the press of spectators and journalists attempting to view the event.
Unfortunately, as part of the ritual, the bride was drowned in the ocean after the ceremony. Alit was "drowned" symbolically to as well, his clothes thrown into the sea.
The village chief declared that the village had been successfully cleansed from the defilement but we imagine that Mr. Alit's high school reunions will be full of awkward pauses.
While marriage between humans and animals is unrecognized legally in any country in the world it is often practiced as part of religious traditions or to court good luck.
Horses are often "betrothed" to humans. A woman in Beijing became engaged to a Shetland pony named Alan in 2010. She had met the pony in England, and we all know what suckers women are for English accents.
A 1998 episode of the Jerry Springer show entitled "I Married a Horse" featured a man who had embarked on a romantic and sexual relationship with an equine. The episode was banned in many parts of the US.
Even ocean-going animals aren't safe.
In December 2005, Sharon Tendler, of Great Britain, married a male dolphin named Cindi in Eilat, Israel. In this case, the couple was well acquainted – Sharon had been visiting Cindi at the dolphinarium for 15 years.
A suitably long engagement.