Prickly Bavarian calls out cops on hedgehogs’ noisy sex

Never in a million years would the Erlangen police have expected to receive such a bizarre noise complaint.

Prickly Bavarian calls out cops on hedgehogs' noisy sex
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Police in the town of Büchenbach near Nuremberg received a very startling call-out on Wednesday night.

A man was so infuriated by the noise of “loud panting” coming from under the stairs at the entrance to his house that he called the cops at around 11pm, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.

Having searched the premises from top to bottom, the police finally discovered two very unusual suspects.

A pair of hedgehogs had been mating in the cosy little spot for about 20 minutes.

But, had they not been caught, the irate man would have been disturbed for a good while longer.

An expert from the veterinary department of Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich explained that the act normally “lasts several hours”.

But why were the animals making such a racket?

“Hedgehogs groan loudly during the act […] and the male makes most of the noise”, the animal specialist added.

So that explains why the “suspicious sounds” were so excessively frustrating to the resident.

Luckily the aggravated man wasn’t disturbed for too long. The pair of hedgehogs fled immediately in the light of the policemen's torches.

But this isn’t the first time that the cops have been called by angry residents lodging noise complaints about their neighbours having a little too much fun at night.

In 2010, a couple from Zwickau in Saxony were evicted from their flat after neighbours reported on multiple occasions that they were being kept awake by very loud sex noises.

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.