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. But, actually, some same-sex birds do do it. So do beetles, sheep, fruit bats, dolphins , and orangutans. Zoologists are discovering that homosexual and bisexual activity is not unknown within the animal kingdom.
Bonobos Have Lots of Sex, Are Awesome, May Hold Key to Our Past
Bonobos not all peace and free love - Telegraph
Homosexual behavior in animals is sexual behavior among non-human species that is interpreted as homosexual or bisexual. This may include same-sex sexual activity , courtship , affection , pair bonding , and 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. Scientists perceive homosexual behavior in animals to different degrees. The motivations for and implications of these behaviors have yet to be fully understood.
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. Males don't just have to compete with other males for access to females: they have to compete with females too.
Bonobos may not fully deserve their "make love not war" hippy-like reputation, scientists have found. Humans 'learnt to gamble from chimps' How apes gave language a hand Gibraltar to cull Barbary apes that terrorise tourists. Researchers have recorded the first evidence of the world's most human-like apes, who were formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee, killing and eating other primates. Bonobos, an endangered chimpanzee species found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, live in polyamorous communities where females enjoy high status. Sex plays a vital role in bonobo society.