Sat Mar 18, 2017, 07:18 AM
Muddling Through (6,660 posts)
Russian zoo's raccoon in 'erotic' video dispute
"A Moscow zoo is suing a video studio that hired one of its raccoons and made what the zoo calls an "erotic" video.
The petting zoo - where children can feed and interact with animals - sometimes rents animals to filmmakers.
Spokesman Viktor Kiryukhin told the BBC the raccoon - Thomas - returned from the studio traumatised. "We noticed he was attracted to women's breasts."
Video firm Art-Msk called the zoo's lawsuit "absurd". They also said the raccoon stole a model's bra on set.
Art-Msk shoots video clips for advertisements. Russian media quoted its marketing manager Valery Bogatov as saying they had requested a trained animal, but got Thomas "who was young and ran off all the time".
According to the zoo, the deal in August 2016 was for Thomas to be used in a regular advertisement.
But the zoo says that when it saw the footage on social media, featuring a naked model, it complained and asked for all video and photos to be withdrawn.
After the request failed, the zoo filed a lawsuit in October, also demanding compensation for damages caused to the raccoon.
The zoo says it renewed the lawsuit on Tuesday because no action had been taken."
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