Boxer Manny Pacquiao claimed that animals don’t have gay sex this week in a bizarre homophobic rant – but he couldn’t be more wrong.
He ranted about gay people: “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.
“If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
Sorry to let you down, Mr Pacquiao – but plenty of animals do have quite a lot of gay sex.
Homosexuality has been observed in more than 200 different species – but here’s seven of our favourites.
According to several studies, many male dolphins are bisexual.
Research scientists at the University of Massachusetts have concluded that male dolphins conduct intense social relationships and are found to engage in extensive bisexuality.
The researchers studied more than 120 bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and discovered relationships of a considerably more complex nature than previously thought. Co-author of the study, Richard Connor, told Discovery News that the dolphins engaged in extensive bisexuality, combined with periods of exclusive homosexuality.
Lots of male dolphins got together with other males, many mate for life, and at the loss of a partner, they are known to go into extensive mourning periods. Sad.
Perhaps one of the more well known animals to form same-sex relationships, many different species of penguin in captivity and in the wild have partnered with a member of the same-sex.
One of the most recent was when Ireland’s first lesbian penguin couple set up a nest in the country’s only colony for gentoo penguins.
Same-sex pairings in penguins are so well known that even a children’s book, ‘And Tango Makes Three’, has been written about it. Sadly the book continues to be banned around the world, despite being very cute.
According to research, lots and lots of Giraffe sex happens between males.
One study even found that 94% of observed sexual activity in giraffes happened in male same-sex pairings.
Male giraffes have a unique way of flirting which is called “necking”.
As well as using necking to assert dominance, and to establish a hierarchy, giraffes also rub each others necks, sometimes to the point of arousal. After necking, sometimes for up to an hour at a time, males sometimes mount each other to reach climax.
Sadly for female giraffes, this even takes place when there are both males and females around. In its more extreme form, necking involves male giraffes swinging their necks violently towards one another. Nobody gets hurt though, usually…
One of the human race’s closest ancestors, the dwarf chimpanzee, is very comfortable in same-sex relationships.
Otherwise known as bonobos, the species is entirely bisexual.
Dwarf chimpanzees often use sex as a way to solve conflicts, rather than violence.