A group of teenagers have been treated for rabies after they gang-raped a donkey in Morocco.
Fifteen boys, aged 7 to 15, spent a week in a Moroccan hospital after catching the highly-contagious disease from the animal.
The actual number of infected children is feared to be higher as many families took their children to be treated at hospitals outside of Sidi Al Kamel to avoid embarrassment.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and animals, early symptoms include fever and tingling at the site of exposure, usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal.
The innocent donkey has now been put down on the orders of police to limit the further spread of disease.
Police are now appealing to anyone else who “approached” or “admired” the donkey in order to stop the spread of disease.
Families and relatives of the youngsters, from a small tribal group, are said to be in “distress and horror” following the incident, according to Morocco World News.
The boys stayed at Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for a week to receive a rabies vaccination.
Parents in the small town are said to be having their children vaccinated in case they approached the donkey.