A man was shamed by a tribe elder today into marrying a leopard after he was caught cuddling up to the beast in bed one night ago.
The Dutchman's lame story that the animal had entered his house and crawled into his bed for warmth was dismissed by witnesses who came to wake him with a cup of tea in the morning and found him sleeping soundly curled up with his furry companion.
The unnamed man was forced to undergo a marriage ceremony complete with guests, a wedding list and curled up ham sandwiches.
The leopard wore a designer hooped gown with cream roses and diamonte trim.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that he had woken in the night to foetid panting breath in his face, a wet nose and low growl and assumed that the fiancée was visiting and gone back to sleep.
The leopard commented, "He always does me down, he bought me the cheapest ring he could find."