Let's talk about gay penguins: Munich zoo joins Pride week

Biologists say giraffes are bisexual. In some groups, 90 percent of the acts observed are in fact homosexual in nature
Biologists say giraffes are bisexual. In some groups, 90 percent of the acts observed are in fact homosexual in nature

Organisers of this year's Gay Pride week in Munich have a group of rather wild partners—penguins, giraffes and lions at the city zoo where tours are being run about same-sex love in the animal kingdom.

The Munich zoo has joined Pride week with an unusual look into the intimate lives of all creatures great and small, seeking to boost tolerance among humans.

"It is important for us to talk about" homosexuality in the animal kingdom and show that same-sex love has its place in Nature, said Munich zoo spokesman Dennis Spaeth.

"Because unfortunately in Germany we see more and more people from the reactionary right attacking LGBTQI rights."

While even mostly-Catholic Bavaria has grown more accepting and lawmakers legalised gay marriage in 2017, non-heterosexuals are sometimes still a target for violence.

Police recorded 91 attacks based on the victim's last year.

In the safe confines of the zoo, the first stop on the Pride tour is the giraffes. The blotchy animals spare visitors only occasional curious glances from behind their long eyelashes as they enjoy a meal of hay.

"Giraffes are bisexual. In some groups, 90 percent of the acts observed are in fact homosexual in nature," explained biologist Guenter Strauss.

The Munich zoo has joined Pride week with an unusual look into the intimate lives of all creatures great and small, seeking to b
The Munich zoo has joined Pride week with an unusual look into the intimate lives of all creatures great and small, seeking to boost tolerance among humans

A few enclosures down, there is little to distinguish a male-male couple of black-faced Humboldt penguins squatting together from other, mixed pairs.

That is until the guide points out that with no egg to care for, the pair has taken to brooding a rock instead.

This is no one-off fling, as "penguins conduct homosexual relationships that can last a whole lifetime, something very rare in the ," said Strauss.

Scientific taboo

In fact, hundreds of animal species, from elephants to snakes and birds, display homosexual behaviour.

But unlike most humans, the of our four-legged or feathered friends is often quite fluid.

"Among people, we grow up with a specific sexual orientation. That's often not true for animals," said Strauss.

"They are in fact bisexual. They adopt certain at specific moments."

Unlike most humans, the sexual preference of our four-legged or feathered friends is often quite fluid
Unlike most humans, the sexual preference of our four-legged or feathered friends is often quite fluid

One case in point are lions, and the zoo's male big cat greets the group with a loud roar.

"Servus!" responded Strauss in a regional greeting redolent of traditional, conservative Bavarian culture.

"Eight percent of sex acts among lions are homosexual. As for lionesses, they only show lesbian behaviour when they're kept in captivity," he explained.

While same-sex love among is commonplace, the topic was long a taboo for scientists of more hidebound eras.

"On one expedition to the South Pole at the start of the 20th century, a doctor saw males (penguins) copulating—but he left out the pages dealing with the behaviour when he published the results of his research," Strauss recounted.

Considered unpalatable back then, the valuable pages were only rediscovered "eight or nine years ago" in a library in Britain, he added.

Times have changed since then.

London Zoo, for its contribution to Pride week, mounted a banner above its penguin beach, declaring: "Some penguins are gay. Get over it," a nod to a human anti-homophobic campaign.


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Jul 13, 2019
Gaydom is an evolved method of controlling overpopulation. Mothers who perceive overcrowding and a shortage of resources can alter the genetics of their offspring in the womb. This produces offspring who can still contribute to the group while not adding to its environmental burden.

"But unlike most humans, the sexual preference of our four-legged or feathered friends is often quite fluid."

-Well as we know, cultural mores can certainly compel gays to suppress their proclivities and participate in making children, whether they are enjoying it or not. And few gays have the experience of being put in a situation where they are suddenly members of an isolated group of pioneers in a wilderness, or a tribe recently decimated by disease or conflict or natural disaster, where the perceived need to replenish numbers might awaken hetero desires and compel them to reproduce in the traditional way.

I'm sure nature has provided for this as well.

Jul 13, 2019
Sexual desire is the desire to reproduce, whether expressed in the traditional way or redirected culturally or epigenetically toward nonprocreative means. The weak, defenseless animal we evolved from had developed a high repro rate in response to high tropical attrition rates... which is why we harbor this near-constant compulsion to reproduce, from birth and throughout our lives, as Freud so scandalously pointed out.

Better to redirect it and maintain the potential rather than diminish it while still residing in the tropics. However, the farther north a species resides the more seasonal its reproduction becomes. Northern cultures with seasonal mating rituals (June weddings, spring fertility rites) may be an indication of the tendency to adjust.

This may be why neanderthal was unable to keep up with the tropical cromag and was overwhelmed and extincted... its reproduction had become seasonal.

Jul 13, 2019
A commonplace in trying to "legitimize" the sex deviances, the use of lies.
The article speaks of "same-sex love". "Love" is a human characteristic, accompanied by many distinctive actions. Animals can have loyalty, but deeper things like love are not there. And the activities the article is discussing are distinctly sexual in nature. The zoo is committing a fraud if they are tryring to say that simple loyalty is "love"! The sex deviates are committing a fraud when they say the sex deviances are about "love"! They are only about sex. That's why it's called "homosexuality"!
And the sex deviates are all mentally unstable. Among other things, they engage solely in malignant sex practices that even they hate! They cannot control themselves, though, to keep from engaging in practices they despise! This leads to them having self loathing at levels higher than other groups and suicide rates higher than other groups. Things like this are never mentioned!

Jul 13, 2019
The zoo is committing a fraud if they are tryring to say that simple loyalty is "love"! The sex deviates are committing a fraud when they say the sex deviances are about "love"!
Well, jesus 'loves' everybody but will nevertheless condemn anyone to eternal torture for the unforgivable sin of not believing in him.

Unrequited love is the only sin the god of love CANNOT forgive.

But look at it this way julian... if you religionists weren't so busy trying to out reproduce everybody else, chances are we could achieve sustainable growth in this world. And then the perception of expectant mothers would be that there is plenty enough for everyone, and perhaps the incidence of gaydom would drop.

See that? Not only are godders responsible for the ONE BILLION ABORTIONS made necessary by your selfish and ignorant proclivities, but you're also responsible at least in part for all the other efforts both natural and unnatural to reduce the birthrate.

That's right. Gaydom is YOUR fault.

Jul 13, 2019
Interesting that according to at least one study, upwards of 50% of all priests, and probably nuns, are gay. THEY understand how their little hobby reduces the compulsion to make babies. The church even adopted celibacy to alleviate the inconvenience of trying to maintain sham hetero marriages, in order to attract gays to the clergy.

Heck, even the holy iconoclasts themselves - jesus, the gaunt, long-haired, pale-skinned, robe-wearing love guru traveling the countryside with his all-male entourage, his mum, and the token harlot... and his mum, the only woman ever to have given birth without being sullied by the touch of a man... these personas were OBVIOUSLY designed specifically to attract gays into the clergy.

Kind of slaps you in the face doesn't it?

So of course religion embraces overpopulation. It provides ready-made sufferers desperate for salvation as well as legions of faithful social outcasts ready to serve. Along with all that tribalism, bigotry, war, and rebellion-

Jul 13, 2019
"As Hitchens put it: "Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. . . She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.""

-Religions thrive on overpopulation and the resulting deprivation and misery. From the same article

"When Teresa accepted her Nobel Peace Prize (do not be so ill-mannered as to ask what for) in 1979, she cited ABORTION as being the "worst evil and the greatest enemy of peace"."

-a stellar example of Orwellian doublethink.
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Jul 13, 2019
From the same article

"Even patients in unbearable pain were refused painkillers, not because the order did not have them but on principle". Fox was only one of many who have reported back about the true nature of Teresa's ministry, only to be ignored."

"Yet Teresa's aim always was to promote a cult of suffering and subjugation of the poor. "You are suffering like Jesus on the cross", she once told a patient. "So Jesus must be kissing you.""

"Evidence - and her own words - show that Mother Teresa was not so much a "champion of the poor" but a religious fanatic who took pleasure in their suffering. Not only did she refuse to alleviate the pain of her patients but she gloried in it. As she herself said: "I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people."

-So julian, wouldn't this sort of sadomasochistic depravity fit the very definition of 'deviant'?

Jul 14, 2019
Animals exhibit abnormal behaviour under stress, like being in a zoo, confined. Soundsl like prison, doesn't it?

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