Oh deer! Ram to marry doe on Feb 14A Valentine's Day wedding will be held in a zoo in Kunming in China's southwest Yunnan province - for a sheep and a deer said to be in love.
The romance between the four-footed couple has drawn great interest and blessings from many people, according to a China News Service report.
Changmao the ram and Chunzi the doe were found making love in November and the Yunnan Zoo posted a picture of their mating on a microblogging site.
The post soon aroused great interest. While zoologists doubted their true affections, most people supported the idea of keeping them in the same pen.
The zoo workers had tried to separate the pair because Changmao has other kids to take care of, but the two 'lovers' had been subbornly resisting their efforts.
Changmao became restless and aggressive and even tried to attack his own kids.
Their persistence moved the keepers who decided to plan a 'wedding' for the unlikely couple.
During the ceremony on February 14, a 'wall' will be created between Changmao and Chunzi, as required by local customs.
Changmao has to break through the wall to see his 'bride'. Then, they will be led to an arch with the words 'I Do' written on it and eat a carrot together to symbolise their union.
However, the zoo has confirmed that it will be impossible for the couple to produce their own offspring because they belong to totally different species.
Source: Shanghai Daily
Published Feb 8 2012