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article imageSpain's government says no to testicles for iconic lion statue

By Anne Sewell     Jun 30, 2014 in World
Madrid - Two iconic lion statues guard the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain, at present without their "lionhood." Spain's history channel made an appeal for testicles to be added to one of the statues, but their appeal has finally failed.
The two lions are named Daoíz and Velarde after two Spanish soldiers who lost their lives in the 1808 uprisings against France’s occupation of Madrid under Napoleon. One of these two statues is posed in such a way as to reveal that the lion is incomplete and has no testicles. A eunuch, if you will.
Back in 2012, Carolina Godayoi, head of Spain's History Channel said she found "no artistic, historical or biological reason" why one of the bronze statues should lack it's "lionhood" and the TV channel even offered to cover the cost. This would have given Daoíz his full anatomy for the first time in 142 years.
However, the HIstory Channel's appeal to Spanish Parliament fell on deaf ears, and has now officially been rejected by Spain’s Culture Minister as being potentially harmful to the statue. According to José Ignacio Wert, Minister for Education and Culture, the lion’s castration was just a “factory defect” and according to him, adding genitalia made from a different metal could have “harmful effects” on the statue.
He told Spanish newspaper ABC, “This can be a particularly serious problem for metal sculptures as adding a different material can cause galvanic corrosion.”
Thus Daoíz remains as he was, without his lionhood. The above video speaks about the appeal by the History Channel in the Spanish language.
Spanish sources:
El Pais
The Local
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