German police find lamb in a Munich brothel, and rescue it

A handout picture obtained from the website of the Munich police shows three-week-old lamb named Birke May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Muenchner Polizei/Handout via Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police detained a 25-year-old prostitute for keeping a three-week-old lamb named Birke as a pet in a Munich brothel, police said in a statement. The woman was also briefly detained for drug possession - she and her lamb were discovered during a narcotics raid. Prostitution itself is legal in Germany. Keeping a lamb in a brothel evidently is not. Police said the woman showed them a letter from veterinary authorities laying out the conditions in which a lamb should be raised. Those conditions did not include inside a brothel, so she was forbidden to keep the lamb, police said. "The lamb was turned over to an animal protection group," the statement said. "During its short stay with police, the lamb felt comfortable and starting drinking from a bottle." (Reporting by Josephin Schoettler; Editing by Erik Kirschbaum, Larry King)

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