10 animals with different sexual orientations
In the animal world, homosexuality - is quite common, especially among herd animals. It is believed that about 1,500 species of animals, ranging from mammals to crabs and worms, have sex with the same sex. In fact, this number is much higher, just the other animals are not so well understood.
Here are the 10 representatives of the animal world, are known for their sexual orientation.
An example of a different sexual orientation have become elephants African elephant Niño, who lived in a Polish zoo. Niño preferred the company of males and ignored, if not terrorized females, beating their trunk.
In the wild, male elephants live separately from the common herd and form relationships, which include sex in which they climb on top of each other, exchanging kisses and intertwined trunks.
Homosexual behavior is also not unusual among the penguins. For example, banded penguin Wendell and Cass many years peacefully lived together in New York's "Aquarium" in Brooklyn, until genetic tests have not confirmed in 2002 that they were males. The couple met when they were 3-4 years old, and together they spent 7 years, until he died Cass.
Another famous pair of steel Roy and Silo, who lived in the Central Park Zoo in New York. For a long time, they wanted to raise offspring and incubating stones until they are planted eggs of other penguins. In the five years of marriage, the pair raised PENGUIN-female, and then went to the other Saylou.
In many species, homosexuality is not only common, but the norm. For example, dolphins males form a pair of representatives of their gender and care about each other. Such care includes sexual relations and occasional underwater orgy. They mate with females, but only during the breeding season.
When it comes to the matriarchal society in the animal world, the sexual behavior of females often puzzled researchers. For example, female hyenas long time scientists injected misleading because their penis looked like a penis and they were regarded as "transgender".
At hyenas often those representatives who have been exposed to more testosterone, are becoming more attractive. Often it is the female hyenas are larger and more aggressive than the males. However, they often exhibit traditionally masculine traits and have sex with each other.
5. The gray whale
The gray whales - one of the largest in the animal world of the nomads, traveling in small flocks of up to 20 000 km per year. They also differ in homosexual and can participate in a kind of orgy of 5 males. They roll, spraying water and rub against each other bellies, so that touching their genitals.
Swans are birds of the Anatidae family. About 20 per cent of Swans consist of a homosexual couple, and almost 25 per cent of all families the parents are members of the same sex. Often homosexual couples distilled their heterosexual relatives and take the laid eggs.
Both males and females macaques engaged in homosexual intercourse. Female macaques form strong bonds with each other and generally monogamous. During the breeding season, they often enter into non-traditional relationships. During genital fondling they express their pleasure cackling sounds. In male homosexual contacts are usually "sex for one night."
One of our closest relatives, bonobos bonobos also no stranger to sexual pleasure. Almost all bonobos are bisexual, and often resolve conflicts, following the principle of "make love, not war." They are often paired, while expressing his pleasure with loud cries, and enter into homosexual relationships. About two-thirds of the females also have sex with representatives of the same sex.
9. Guiana rock cockerel
Rock males living in Guyana in South America, different bright appearance with an attractive orange plumage. Perhaps few of us are familiar with this bird, but even fewer people realize that almost 40 percent of the males involved in homosexual activity, and a small percentage of rocky males never mate with females.
The male beetle genus mealworm acts based on their instincts and what he thinks is right at the moment. There is evidence that these beetles come into homosexual to practice mating and get rid of the old sperm.