Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Animal weddings around the world

A 7-year-old male monkey named Wukong (R) and a 6-year old female monkey named Xiaoya are seen during a special wedding ceremony at a zoo in Wenling, Zhejiang province, September 4, 2008. The zoo organised the special wedding ceremony hoping to attract more visitors, local media reported.

A woman puts vermilion on female toad during traditional Hindu wedding ceremony between two giant toads at Khochakandar, 365 km north of Kolkata, June 5, 2005. The Rs 5000 ceremony was held by villagers hoping to propitiate the rain gods and end a dry spell. Some 400 people cheered and blew conches as women put streaks of vermilion on the female toad's head while a band played music and priests solemnised the marriage to the chanting of hymns.

Giant pandas Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang play with an ice cake at Chiang Mai zoo November 9, 2005. Two pandas were married by proxy in Thailand to mark the 28th birthday of their zoo and what officials hope is the start of their mating season. The traditional Chinese ceremony was held for 5-year-old male Chuang Chuang and 4-year-old female Lin Hui, lent to the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai for 10 years in 2003, Thai and Chinese officials said.

Villagers solemnise a frog marriage at Madhyaboragari village, about 85 km east of Siliguri July 19, 2009. The frog marriage is a traditional ritual observed by the rural folk to appease the gods to bring in rain and ensure a good harvest.

Dogs dressed as a bride (L) and groom (R) take part in a wedding ceremony for pets as part of Valentine's Day celebrations at a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 13, 2007.

A pair of penguins dressed as bride and groom are seen during a symbolic mass wedding for penguins at the Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World in Liaoning province October 1, 2010. The oceanarium held a symbolic mass wedding for four pairs of penguins on Friday to attract visitors and with the hope that the penguins will breed.

Aunt Bea (L), a pug, waits for her turn to walk down the aisle with her groom during an attempt to break the Guinness record for the largest mass dog "wedding", in Littleton, Colorado May 19, 2007. Fifty dog "couples" were married on Saturday, surpassing the previous record of 26 set in the Netherlands.

Two spotted-billed pelicans participate in a wedding ceremony in a "bridal house" at a zoo in Fuzhou, southeast China's Fujian province April 25, 2007. The female pelican was found in south China's Hainan province, and brought to Fuzhou to mate with the male pelican, who lost his mate three years ago.

Sterilised pet rabbits dressed in wedding outfits are pictured with their owners during a wedding ceremony in Hong Kong, where organisers also attempted to deliver messages of promoting kindness to animals, February 13, 2011. Rabbits are the third most neglected animals in Hong Kong after cats and dogs, according to figures from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), showing that around 200 rabbits are abandoned by their owners each.

Dogs wear a bridal veil and a groom hat as they attend a symbolic wedding as part of celebrations of a local municipality in Lima July 9, 2011.

Giraffes Zagallo (L) and Beija Ceu or "Sky Kisser" stand together during a "wedding ceremony" at the zoo of Rio de Janeiro April 16, 2008. Zagallo was taken from a zoo in Sao Paulo to marry Rio's only giraffe. year.

'Newlyweds' Gook (R), a rooster, and Brown, (2nd-R), a hen, pose with fellow 'newlyweds' rabbits Fufu and Blao after their wedding ceremonies to mark the upcoming Valentine's day in Bangkok on February 10, 2003. Many animals, including miniature poodles, attended the event.

Chimpanzee groom Yangyang (R) and his bride Wanxing attend a symbolic wedding at Hefei Wildlife Park in Hefei, Anhui province September 28, 2010. Four-year-old Guinea born Yangyang moved to the Hefei Wildlife Park after he was selected as six-year-old Wanxing's partner by the park in 2009, local media reported.

Sterilised pet rabbits dressed in traditional Chinese costumes are pictured during a wedding ceremony in Hong Kong, where organisers also attempted to deliver messages of promoting kindness to animals, February 13, 2011.

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