Lots of animals engage in homosexual behaviour, but whether they are truly homosexual is another matter entirely. During the winter mating season, competition is fierce for access to female Japanese macaques. But it's not for the reason you might think.
Homosexual behavior in animals is sexual behavior among non-human species that is interpreted as homosexual or bisexual. This may include same-sex sexual activitycourtshipaffectionpair bondingand parenting among same-sex animal pairs. The sexual behavior of non-human animals takes many different forms, even within the same species, though homosexual behavior is best known from social species.
F ew creatures can boast of devotions so deep as greylag geese. Most are monogamous; many spend their decade-long adult lives with the same goose, side-by-side in constant communication, taking another partner only if the first should die. Quite a few greylags, you see, are gay.
But what does unnatural really mean? The definition of the term is something that goes against natural or human laws, especially in relation to morality. A male is born with a predisposition to mate with a female, since the aim is the reproduction of the species. This is something determined by nature.
Recent research has found that homosexual behavior in animals may be much more common than previously thought. Currently, homosexual behavior has been documented in over different animal species worldwide. Yet another example is lizards of the genus Teiidae, which can copulate with both male and female mates.
Male homosexual behaviour—although found in most extant clades across the Animal Kingdom—remains a conundrum, as same-sex mating should decrease male reproductive fitness. In most species, however, males that engage in same-sex sexual behaviour also mate with females, and in theory, same-sex mating could even increase male reproductive fitness if males improve their chances of future heterosexual mating. Females regularly use social information to choose a mate; e.
Homosexual behaviour has always been considered a paradox from an evolutionary point of view because it does not produce offspring, but there are nuances to this. First of all, when it comes to homosexuality in animals, we speak only of genital-to-genital contact between individuals of the same sex. There is no other implication as to whether it is a sexual deviation, a pathological behavior… In fact, in the animal kingdom it is a very common behaviour, one that cultural reasons have prevented from being studied for a long time.
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All rights reserved. Porter, who first hit it big in the s, wouldn't risk parading his homosexuality in public. In his day "the birds and the bees" generally meant only one thing—sex between a male and female.