Animal Homosexuality: Gay Animals You Might Not Know

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Love has no boundaries, and that is why homosexuality exists not only just with us humans but also with animals. Not many of us know or even think that gay animals exist. Also, not many of us expect that homosexuality could happen amongst animals, and that is why we are here. Lately, scientific research has shown a lot of cases regarding animal homosexuality which is both a surprise and a shock. From large predators to small insects, homosexual behavior is shown at some point. To solve your curiosity about gay animals, check out the list that we provide below.

1American Bison

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Looking all fierce and massive, American bison are indeed one of the gay animals on earth. From courtship to mounting and full anal penetration, these homosexual behavior are very common among American bison. During mating season, male bison are known to have sex with other males multiple times per day. The male-male homosexuality among American bison actually outnumbers the male-female copulation which somehow affects the increase of their population at some point.

2Elephant

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There are two species of male elephants that engage in same-sex bonding and mounting which include African and Asian elephants. They usually express their affection by kissing, trunk intertwining, and placing trunks in each other’s mouths. You may think their relationship is just a fling, but no, relationships between male elephants can last for years. Occasionally, one male often extends his trunk along the other’s back and pushes forward with his tusks. That is to signify his intention to mount, and this same-sex relationship is very common not with just males but also females.

3Giraffe

Known as one of the gayest animals among other gay animals, homosexuality is very common with giraffes. Male giraffes have been observed to engage in high frequencies of homosexual behavior apart from their aggressive “necking”. After caressing each other with their necks, these long-neck animals court each other before they begin mounting and climaxing. In some herds, between 30% to 75% of the giraffes would engage in same-sex behavior. As for female giraffes, only one percent of same-sex mounting incidents occurred between them.

4Lion

Both male and female lions have interacted with each other homosexually, and it has been a while already. Male lions are common in this case, and they are often seen pair-bond for a number of days. During those days, they initiate homosexual activity with affectionate nuzzling and caressing which is sweeter than most of us humans. Those affectionate activities often lead to mounting and thrusting, and the rest is history. As for the females, pairings between them are fairly common in captivity but not in the wild. In case you are interested, there is even a video of a lion threesome at Wuppertal Zoo.

5Penguin

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You cannot miss penguins when it comes to a list of gay mammals or gay animals, homosexuality is very common among them. As a matter of fact, homosexual behavior among penguins is one of the most detailed study examples of gay mammals. Zoos across the world have reported male penguin couples that paired up, built nests, and substituted similar stones for eggs. Not to mention some male penguin couples even stole eggs from other couples in the wild, they take their relationship very seriously.

In a better case, a pair of male king penguins adopted an egg that had been abandoned by a female. They incubated the egg and raised the chick when it hatched, quite a little happy family that they built. There are these two female king penguins in New Zealand who have been in a relationship for 8 years. Surely their relationship lasts longer than most of ours, such an interesting case indeed.

6Sheep

Homosexuality usually occurs among male wild sheep species such as bighorn sheep, mouflon, thinhorn sheep, and urial. Homosexual courtship has a higher ranking from an older male to a younger male using a sequence of stylized movements. In order to initiate homosexual courtship, the courting male approaches the other male with his head and neck lowered. Then he extended far forward, and this is the “low-stretch” posture. Sexual activity between wild males typically involves mounting and anal intercourse. Female mountain sheep also engage in occasional courtship activities as well, just not as common as the males.

7Walrus

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Wouldn’t call this an utterly homosexual relationship because walruses tend to make it very complicated. We focus on older male walruses, and they involve in bisexual relationships most of the time. The males often mate with the females during the breeding season, but the mating will end when the breeding season finishes. As for the rest of the year, they will have sexual relations with other males instead. Usually, you can see male walruses embrace or sleep together in the water when the breeding season is over.

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