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Donkeys Separated After Complaints About Their Constant Love-Making Are Reunited

26/09/2014 15:13 BST | Updated 26/09/2014 15:59 BST

A lusty donkey duo who were separated following complaints over their constant love-making have been reunited at a Poland zoo.

Napoleon and Antosia had been together for ten years before their amorous displays of affection were called to a halt.

A group of visiting mothers had protested about their children having to witness their passionate mating.

Local conservative official Lydia Dudziak took up their cause and persuaded the director of the zoo in Poznan to have the animals put in separate pens.

But true love has prevailed and the donkeys are back together again after the zoo admitted it had made a mistake in bowing to pressure.

"It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behaviours," the zoo said in a statement on Thursday.

The interruption of the long-standing romance turned into a national news item in Poland in the past days. Nearly 7,000 people signed a petition to have them reunited.

Two fan pages appeared on Facebook devoted to their cause, with a total of nearly 10,000 likes — and photos of donkeys in the act.

Experts weighed in, saying the separation could hurt their psychological wellbeing. Politicians were asked about it on the country's leading news programs.

"Animals separated by sex into different cages? It's complete idiocy," said Stefan Niesiolowski, a lawmaker with the governing party, Civic Platform.

Even the spokesman for Law and Justice, the conservative party that Dudziak belongs to, would not come to her defence.

"It's a level of absurdity ... that has been crossed to such an extent that I don't even want to read or know about this," Adam Hofman said Wednesday evening.

In their decade together, Napoleon and Antosia have produced six offspring, including two-month old Tadeusz.