Well, let’s see…
Here in Africa, that was the story a year ago from one Paul Goldstein, A Wildlife photojournalist. Mr. Goldstein was touring Maasai Mara National Park situated in Kenya, East Africa and he happened to capture a rare image of gay lions.
Mr. Goldstein captured several snapshots of one lion mounting on the other lion’s back, having a good time.
During an interview with Daily Mail, an international news group, Mr. Goldstein who is also a tour guide, stated that he first saw the two lions staring at each other suggestively for a moment, before one went down to allow the other to mount on him.
Mr. Goldstein further stated that when two lions of the opposite sex mate, the action normally takes only a few seconds, but these two were doing it for over a minute, seemingly enjoying it. It was also evident afterwards that there was a deep affection between the two, as opposed to the common violent activity after withdrawal when female and male have sex. The affection between the two gay lions was obvious that even after the one who was on top had dismounted, he did not back off as they always do after mating but he crept round to the other lion’s muzzle for a nuzzle and winked at him.
The news went viral and a local moral police, Ezekiel Mutua came out, with guns blazing, to speak his mind. He stated that the two lions needed counseling and even went ahead to propose the isolation of the two ‘crazy’ animals. That was crazy of him.
Going global, there was a BBC news report feature on homosexual animals by Melissa Hogenboom. It reported that there is fierce competition between the Japanese macaques in accessing females during the winter mating season. The competition becomes tougher not just due to competing with other males to mate with the females but due to the fact that the males have to compete with females too.
That’s strange, right? Well, it is because in many animal populations, homosexuality among females is not only frequent, it’s a normal behavior there!
One female will simply mount on another female’s back and start stimulating her genitals by softly rubbing hers against the other female’s. Also, some will hold onto one another with their feet, while others will just sit on top of their partners in a jockey-style kind of position.
To us humans, these encounters are intimate. The female animals will stare at each other’s eyes during mating; this is something you will hardly find them doing outside these sexual contexts. Sometimes, these encounters can even last up to a week, mating hundreds of times. When they are not mating, they keep close to each other, sleeping and grooming and also to defend each other from competitors.
With these encounters in mind, it’s just clear that homosexual behavior in animals isn’t just an occasional event but it’s the norm. Just like for humans, LGBT for animals is a regular thing.
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