‘Married’ goat dies

Posted on May 31, 2007 

‘Married’ goat dies

A goat which became an internet sensation, when it was reported she had been married to a man in Sudan, has died.

Local elders ordered a man found having sex with the goat, called Rose, to “marry” her last February.

“The idea was to publicly embarrass the man,” Tom Rhodes, editor of the Juba Post, which first ran the story, told the BBC.

The story of the “wedding” caught the public imagination and became one of the most read internet stories.

Rose is believed to have died after choking on a plastic bag she swallowed as she was eating scraps on the streets of Juba.

After the marriage, Rose had a male kid – but “not a human one” – Mr Rhodes said, hastily.

The “husband”, Charles Tombe, said he was drunk at the time but has since refused to comment. The kid is owned by Mr Tombe.

Mr Rhodes, a Briton who helped found the Juba Post in 2004, was shocked when he learned how many people around the world had read the story his newspaper had published as a short, light-hearted account.

“Wow – what have we done? We have triggered a monster,” he said.

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