A Moscow zoo is suing a video studio that employed one in every of its raccoons and made what the zoo calls an “erotic” video.
The petting zoo – the place youngsters can feed and work together with animals – generally rents animals to filmmakers.
Spokesman Viktor Kiryukhin advised the BBC the raccoon – Thomas – returned from the studio traumatised. “We observed he was interested in ladies’s breasts.”
Video agency Artwork-Msk referred to as the zoo’s lawsuit “absurd”. In addition they stated the raccoon stole a mannequin’s bra on set.
Artwork-Msk shoots video clips for ads. Russian media quoted its advertising supervisor Valery Bogatov as saying they’d requested a educated animal, however acquired Thomas “who was younger and ran off on a regular basis”.
In accordance with the zoo, the deal in August 2016 was for Thomas for use in a daily commercial.
However the zoo says that when it noticed the footage on social media, that includes a unadorned mannequin, it complained and requested for all video and pictures to be withdrawn.
After the request failed, the zoo filed a lawsuit in October, additionally demanding compensation for damages brought on to the raccoon.
The zoo says it renewed the lawsuit on Tuesday as a result of no motion had been taken.
Artwork-Msk’s Valery Bogatov argued that the video was not erotic as a result of it was destined to be broadcast on federal tv. An erotic movie would have been unlawful, he stated.
Viktor Kiryukhin nonetheless stated Thomas’s curiosity in ladies’s breasts instructed that in filming they’d “put out some treats for him, so he related breasts with a deal with”.
The raccoon’s behaviour since his return had unsettled feminine zoo employees.
“It took two to 3 months to alter his behaviour. Now he’s glad once more… however he was unhappy earlier than,” he advised the BBC.
The zoo calls it “immoral to combine nature with eroticism”. The zoo’s motto is “little animals are usually not toys”.
A nature conservation group has backed the zoo’s trigger within the raccoon case.
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Mr Bogatov has threatened to counter-sue the zoo, and to assert compensation for the broken bra, the Russian blogsite tjournal reports.
Some Russian media have instructed the lawsuit is a public relations stunt. A press release the zoo posted on social media in regards to the case featured loads of socially savvy hashtags, together with #interestingmoscow and #scandal.
However the zoo’s press service stated it was not orchestrated, and alleged the video had undermined the status of a family-friendly petting zoo.