Police have questioned four men from the island of Makunudhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll following allegations the men had sex with a goat.
Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed police had questioned the men, but said no arrests had been made.
President of Makunudhoo Island Council Mohamed Rilwan said that all four of the men were aged between 19 and 21.
Two of the men were from Makunudhoo while the other two were originally from the neighboring island of Neykurendhu, he said.
‘’Lately the owner of the goat had been suspicious that something was wrong because he was finding things such as condoms on his farm where he keeps 50 goats,’’ said Rilwan.
‘’Early one morning when he went to the farm he saw two goats outside the fence and thought it was odd because there was no way a goat could have climbed over the fence.”
Rilwan said the owner then counted the goats and realised one goat was missing, and started searching for it.
‘’He found the goat near the beach, it was laid down on a cardboard paper. He observed that it could not walk properly and that its sexual organs were injured,’’ he said. ‘’He then reported the matter to the concerned authorities.’’
Rilwan said more than five goats on the farm had been subjected to similar assaults.
‘’The owner has noted that he has frequently seen this group of four men near the farm. They have been selecting healthy muscular goats to do this,’’ he said.
Local newspaper Haveeru reported that the goat found on the beach had now died.
Haveeru also reported that the deceased animal was a billy-goat, however Rilwan told Minivan News that it was a nanny goat.