Traditionally, marriage is between a man and a woman, not between different species. But some people take it to the next level by marrying animals. Discover the 7 most bizarre Human–animal Marriage Cases in the world.
The Mad Cat Lady (Germany)
In January 2004, a woman known as “The Mad Cat Lady” married both her tabby (also known as grey tiger) twin boys Lugosi and Spider via MarryYourPet.com, from whom she then received an (unofficial) certificate of marriage.
She and her cats have since been featured in various newspaper articles including The Sun and Metro.
When asked her why, she replied “I realized no human had ever or could ever make me feel as happy and loved as them.”
Karl Lagerfeld and His Cat (Germany)
In June 2013, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld announced that he wished to marry his cat Choupette.
Why, you may ask? … He said in an interview with CNN, “There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.”
Ngurah Alit and a Cow (Indonesia)
In June 2010, 18-year-old Indonesian man, Ngurah Alit, was forced to marry his cow after he was found having sex with it. The man had believed the cow to be a beautiful woman.
He then became a widower when the cow was drowned in the sea to symbolically cleanse the village of the act of bestiality committed there.
Indian Girl and a Dog (India)
In June 2003, a nine-year-old Indian girl of the Santal (or ‘Santhal’) tribe of Khanyhan, near Calcutta was formally married to a dog, in order to ward off a bad omen, an event regarded as a portent of good or evil.
The wedding was attended by more than one hundred guests, who danced to the beating of drums and drank home-made liquor. The girl told Western press, “I have no regret in marrying the dog. I will take care of this dog that was stray and survived on left-overs.”
Selvakumar and His Dog (India)
In November 2007 a man in southern India married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony as an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death – an act he believes cursed him.
Selvakumar, 33, told the paper he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree 15 years prior.
Infant Boy and a Neighbor’s Boy (India)
In February 2009 an infant boy was married off to his neighbors’ dog in eastern India by villagers who said it will stop the groom from being killed by wild animals.
The boy will still be able to marry a human bride in the future. In short, his wife will have to share her bed with a dog.
Mangli Munda and Her Male Dog (India)
In September 2014, an 18-year-old woman, Mangli Munda, from Jharkland, India, married a stray dog named Sheru in a ceremonial marriage to ward off a curse on her.
Emily Mabou and Her Male Dog (Ghana)
In February 2011, a Ghanaian woman, Emily Mabou, 29, married an 18-month-old dog. The ceremony was attended by a traditional priest and local villagers.
Sharon Tendler and a Dolphin (British… In Israel)
In January 2006, British woman Sharon Tendler in Israel married Cindy, a male bottlenose dolphin. Cindy was taken in 1990 from the Black Sea to the Dolphin Reef dolphinarium in Eilat, Israel, in the Gulf of Aqaba. There, Tendler saw him during a show.
She continued visiting for 15 years before she requested permission for the “wedding” in 2005. Permission was granted and the ceremony was held on December 28 of that year.
Tendler stated that “the peace and tranquility under water, and his love, would calm me down.”
Tendler herself admitted that the marriage had no legal standing and that the ceremony was, in her own words, “a bit of fun” after her friends joked about her being single at the age of 41
Charles Tombe and the Neighbor’s Goat (Sudan)
The Sudanese goat marriage incident was a 2006 event and publicity surrounding the 2006 event in which a South Sudanese man, Charles Tombe, was forced to “marry” a goat with which he was caught engaging in sexual activity (bestiality) in the Hai Malakal suburb of Juba, South Sudan.
The owner of the goat, nicknamed Rose, subdued the perpetrator and asked village elders to consider the matter. After trial, Charles Tombe was ordered by the council of elders to pay the neighbor a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($75) and marry the animal.
Did I mention they have been living a happy life together ever since?
A Man and His Horse (British)
In May 1998 the ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ had an episode titled “I Married a Horse!”
The show was ultimately not aired by many stations on the planned date, apparently due to concerns about the acceptability of broadcasting an episode in which a man admitted to a long term emotional and sexual relationship of this kind.
The man and his horse later participated in a British documentary on the subject.
Woman with a Snake (India)
In June 2006 an Indian woman from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, fell in love with a snake and was married to it at a “traditional Hindu wedding celebrated by 2,000 guests.”
She claimed that a bond of understanding existed between the two. The woman had previously been ill, and recovered upon offering milk to the snake, at which time she fell in love.
She later “converted to the animal-loving vegetarian Vaishnav sect whose local elders gave her permission to marry the cobra.”
But a 2007 investigation by Harper’s magazine journalist Mischa Berlinski suggested that the snake may not even have existed, and that the incident may have been stage-managed as part of a local power struggle between Vaishnav religious leaders.