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Researchers: Captivity Brings Out the Lesbian in Koalas

They come from a land down under. Australian researchers monitoring the activity of Koalas in captivity discovered that female koalas will turn to their own sex for mating, rejecting their male suitors and frequently engaging in group sex.

KoalasSaid the researchers: "Some females rejected the advances of males that were in their enclosures, only to become willing participants in homosexual encounters immediately after. On several occasions more than one pair of females shared the same pole, and multiple females mounted each other simultaneously. At least one multiple encounter involved five female koalas...Our aim was to determine the extent of differences in the homosexual and heterosexual behaviour of female koalas and thereby to determine the purpose of female homosexual behaviour in the koala. Wild koalas brought into captivity clearly display homosexual behaviour on a regular basis. A total of 15 heterosexual and 43 homosexual interactions were recorded in separate animals. Homosexual behaviour was restricted to females only. Heterosexual encounters were typically twice as long as homosexual encounters."

The scientists studied 130 koalas with digital cameras and plan to report their findings in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science.

Lesbianism Common in Captive Koalas [upi]
Australia rocked by 'lesbian' koala revelation [new zealand herald]

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  1. http://rottenindenmark.vox.com/library/post/enough-already-gay-animals.html

    Posted by: Rottin' in Denmark | Feb 26, 2007 11:45:22 AM


  2. Posted by: Rottin' in Denmark |

    That was a funny commentary I'll admit, however I don't agree with you that the "fucking National Geographic" has no revelance to the homosexual debate in its globality.

    If we only look at Disney's giant, lucrative anime movie enterprise (as well as most of the tales children are being sold through the book industry), heterosexual couplins and families in the animal kingdom are often used as both human-like & metaphorical examples to teach children specific values about love, family, tolerance, etc.

    So what animals DO matter.

    And those who are trying to dismiss these findings unfortunately aren't being heard when we teach kids in school reproduction in birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammifers.

    This said, your argument that we should take on the NBA and its festering homophobic culture? - Agreed 100%!

    Posted by: Da | Feb 26, 2007 12:15:08 PM


  3. If you want to check out some fascinating reports on Homosexuality in animals & the creative ways they have sex check out these links:

    Homosexuality in Animals
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RlTAyNI8WE

    More Exposes (macaques, birds, octopuses, insects, dolphins)
    http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=groyn88&page=5

    Posted by: Da | Feb 26, 2007 12:34:59 PM


  4. That is cute. They're forming a Ya-Ya sisterhood.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 26, 2007 12:48:08 PM


  5. "On several occasions more than one pair of females shared the same pole, and multiple females mounted each other simultaneously. At least one multiple encounter involved five female koalas..."

    If I were a straight man, I would need a cigarette about now.

    Posted by: mark m | Feb 26, 2007 3:15:00 PM


  6. Um, yeah...but at least it shows that homosexuality exists in the animal world.

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Feb 26, 2007 4:17:32 PM


  7. Too many uninformed bigots have used the arguement that homosexuality doesn't exist in other animals, so that's the only reason this matters.

    Posted by: Cadence | Feb 26, 2007 6:36:06 PM


  8. I'd like to know how all those koalas are getting digital cameras.

    Posted by: P. Whirler | Feb 26, 2007 7:23:37 PM


  9. REALLY....

    Posted by: frank | Mar 4, 2007 1:00:03 AM


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    Posted by: Rita | May 10, 2007 7:58:12 AM


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