Court fails to broker deal on impotent ostrich

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13 March 2007, Bautzen, Germany (dpa) - An ostrich who became impotent after fireworks were thrown at him will have to be examined by an animal psychologist to see what stopped his sex drive, a court said. Judge Thomas Fresemann ordered the test after the animal's owner failed to agree to an out-of-court settlement with three teenagers accused of throwing the firecrackers in December 2005. The owner said Gustav the ostrich suffered from depression and became listless after the incident and was unable to si

13 March 2007

Bautzen, Germany (dpa) - An ostrich who became impotent after fireworks were thrown at him will have to be examined by an animal psychologist to see what stopped his sex drive, a court said.

Judge Thomas Fresemann ordered the test after the animal's owner failed to agree to an out-of-court settlement with three teenagers accused of throwing the firecrackers in December 2005.

The owner said Gustav the ostrich suffered from depression and became listless after the incident and was unable to sire any offspring with his two female partners, Anna and Martha.

The 32-year-old man, who operates an ostrich farm in Lohsa in the east of Germany, said Gustav's lagging libido had deprived him of 14 baby ostriches and led to thousands of euros in lost sales.

The court suggested the teenagers pay the owner's veterinary costs of 140 euros and each work 40 hours on his farm without pay. A demand by the man that they work 100 hours was rejected by the youths.

DPA

Subject: German news

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