Somali police are reportedly removing donkeys that roam free in the central town of Bur Salah because of their unsociable behaviour.
In particular it is the sight of donkeys mating in public that has been upsetting citizens, a police official has told local media.
He said there were about 300 of these donkeys in the town in Somalia’s Mudug region. Donkeys that were owned by residents would not be expelled.
“We can’t sleep at the night, people cannot enter the mosque, they defecate on the roads and in business places,” the official, thought to be the area police commissioner, complained in a video being shared by social media users.
“They even mate in public,” he said.
Donkeys play a key part in the life of many Somalis – being used to fetch water, firewood and transport luggage.