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Donkeys Reunited at Poland Zoo After Separation Following Sex Scandal

WARSAW, Poland — Napoleon is now back with his Antosia. The two amorous donkeys who were separated after an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating. Local conservative official Lydia Dudziak took up their cause and persuaded the director of the zoo in Poznan to have the animals put in separate pens. The zoo acknowledged making a mistake Thursday and said the donkeys are together again after about a week apart. "It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behaviors," the zoo said in a statement.

The story turned into a national news item in Poland. Nearly 7,000 people signed a petition to have them reunited. Two fan pages appeared on Facebook accrued nearly 10,000 likes — and photos of donkeys in the act. Experts weighed in, saying the separation could hurt their psychological wellbeing, and politicians were asked about it on the country's leading news programs.

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- The Associated Press