A man accused of bestiality tried to talk the hind leg off a judge in Zimbabwe.
Sunday Moyo said he had picked up a prostitute, but that the woman had turned into a donkey halfway through intercourse.
The 28-year-old was found performing a sex act on the donkey, which was tied to a tree by its neck and lying on the ground. He was in the privacy of his back garden when a routine patrol saw the incident.
The court erupted into laughter when Moyo offered the twist in the tale as a defence. His account took another surreal turn when the defendant then claimed that because he thought he was a donkey he wasn't actually committing a crime.
Moyo, from the township of Mandava told the court:
"Your worship, I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested.”
"I had hired a prostitute and paid US$20 for the service at Down Town nightclub, and I don't know how she then became a donkey."
"I think I am also a donkey. I do not know what happened when I left the bar, but I am seriously in love with the donkey."
The man is to be examined by government psychiatrists.