Homosexual is always a debatable issue among humans; does animal kingdoem exhibits homosexual behavior? Shall we take a look at animals with homosexual behavior? Some homosexual behavior of animals include caressing, mounting, etc. Some of these animals include bonobo, Japanese macaque, etc.
There is documented evidence about homosexual behavior in animals; do you wish to know what animals exhibit homosexual behavior? A researcher by name Bruce Bagemihl started his research on homosexual behavior in animals in the year 1999 and found out that nearly 1,500 species exhibit such behavior. He was able to document about 500 species among those 1,500 species.
Some of the animals that exhibit homosexual behavior are as follows:
1. American Bison:
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American Bison is one of the few animals that have beautiful horns; do you know they exhibit homosexual behavior? Mounting and anal penetration is found to be very common among bulls and mounting is common among female American Bison.
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Bonobo was earlier called as “Pygmy Chimpanzee.” It is an endangered species. They have a matriarchal society and female-female homosexuality is very common in this species. It is found that nearly 60% of sexual activity is found to be between two or more females; this is considered to be the highest frequency of homosexuality among species where homosexual behavior is known. An interesting share about homosexual behavior in this species is that they use sex to divert the attention of the other bonobo.
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It is found from the research that Asian and African elephants exhibit homosexual behavior. They have shown same sex bonding and mounting. The behaviors include kissing, placing the trunk of one elephant inside the mouth of other elephant, trunk intertwining, etc. This behavior is common in both the sexes; however, more common in male elephants that are staying away from their herd. The interesting part of this homosexual behavior in elephants is that such a relationship last for many years; the heterosexual relationship is of a fleeting nature.
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All of us know certain facts about giraffe like they are the tallest animals, they are herbivorous, etc., but how many of us know that they exhibit homosexual behavior? It is found that the male giraffes exhibit homosexual behavior and it is more frequent behavior when compared with heterosexual coupling. Do you know the percentage of homosexual behavior in male giraffes? It is whooping 94%. Female giraffes too exhibit homosexual behavior; however, it is just 1%. Few homosexual behaviors among male giraffes include necking, caressing, courting and mounting.
5. Japanese Macaque:
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Japanese Macaque is also called as the snow monkey. They are called as saru in Japan. In this species, both male and female exhibit homosexual behavior; however, the ratio in females is higher when compared with males. There are various troops in Japanese Macaque and females from various troops exhibit homosexual behavior. These relationships last anywhere between few days to few years. Male Japanese Macaque may have homosexual relationship with a number of partners.
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Both genders of lions show homosexual behavior. Their homosexual behavior includes nuzzling, caressing, mounting and thrusting. According to studies, nearly 8% of the male lions indulge in homosexual relationship. Female lions too exhibit homosexual behavior; however, it is found to occur when they are captive. There are no observations of female lions indulging in homosexual relationship in the wild.
Homosexual behavior – is it against nature or accepted by nature? I think this is a question that will create controversies; I hope you enjoyed knowing about homosexual behavior in animal kingdom.
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