Friday, October 13, 2006

out of the closet into the zoo!

gay lions and tigers and bears, oh my! a zoo in norway is featuring an exhibit called "against nature" that features gay animals in all their flaming glory:

The museum said the exhibition, opening on Thursday despite condemnation from some Christians, was the first in the world on the subject. Soeli said a Dutch zoo had once organised tours to view homosexual couples among the animals.

"The sexual urge is strong in all animals. ... It's a part of life, it's fun to have sex," Soeli said of the reasons for homosexuality or bisexuality among animals.

i was quite disappointed that the yahoo news story didn't feature a picture of this part of the exhibit:

One photograph shows two giant erect penises flailing above the water as two male right whales rub together. Another shows a male giraffe mounting another for sex, another describes homosexuality among beetles.

i've long been a friend to gay penguins. some Christian groups condemned the exhibit and silly scientists are trying to figure out the genetic advantage to gayness. you naked apes take yourselves waaaaay too seriously. call me when you figure out the genetic advantage to humping a naked ape leg. doesn't do anything for us but some things are fun to do anyway. don't deny your bonobo cousins...98% of your dna, pals.


Blogger Sid the Dog said...

I, too, was disappointed by the lack of right whale penis photos. Do you think the reporter included it as a not-so subtle "Moby Dick" joke?
There is an interesting book called "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation" by Olivia Judson that discusses many fascinating aspects of all kinds of sex within the animal kingdom. In her discussion on the possibilities for a mechanism behind the genetic basis for homosexuality, Judson reveals that the bottlenosed dolphin engages in relations with turtles, sharks, eels, as well as same-sex couplings. Good luck figuring that one out... Judson proposes several possible genetic mechanisms that could "explain" homosexuality, but presents them as possible causes, maintaining her sense of fun and never taking herself too seriously. How can you in a book that also reveals that male lions have been known to copulate 157 times in fifty-five hours with two different females? The book probably isn't on the top of the intelligent design reading list, since the variety of sexual habits found within the animal kingdom would seem to indicate that the Intelligent Designer was one fun-loving mofo. Hooray for the Norwegians!

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