Wednesday, October 25, 2006

YOUR 15 MINUTES: Animals Are Totally Gay

An image of two male giraffes getting a bit frisky.

Two male giraffes in unequivocal pose, a lesbian swan couple, King penguin colonies with same-sex affinites : a new exhibit in Oslo displays examples of animal homosexuality.

"Against Nature?" is the name of the exhibition in the red brick building on the edge of Oslo's Botanical Gardens. The question mark at the end of the title is of particular importance to exhibit director Söli. He wants to qualify the argument that homosexuality is against nature because, he says, the facts paint a different picture: homosexual behavior has been observed in at least 1,500 species, and in roughly 500 of these cases the findings have been well documented. "And that's only the tip of the iceberg."
The Oslo exhibit documents how reality has now caught up with the scientists: they observed whales, for example, rubbing up against each other with erect penises; a female dolphin gliding her fin into her partner's genital tract; or two male seagulls building a nest together.
The VERY best part of this story is that familes are coming to see the exhibit. Mothers and fathers aren't shy about bringin the kids to see Pete and Willy rubbin' wieners and Betty and Stacey bumpin' uglies. Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Oslo if you ask me!

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