Female gorillas have been documented engaging in lesbian sex for the first time. While many species of male primates are well known to engage in homosexual behaviour, females have been subject to far less attention. Female gorillas have also been observed having lesbian sex in Uganda, but the data has not been published or subject to scrutiny. But the team were surprised to observe 44 instances of same-sex contact between female gorillas during their field study. Aggression between females did not occur prior to sex as the team had expected. A theory to explain the phenomenon is that some of the females engaged in sex out of frustration after being rejected by a male, or after becoming aroused after witnessing sex. Other theories speculated that female gorillas have sex in order to attract males. However, some dominant male gorillas would occasionally aggressively interrupt the proceedings, though others were unconcerned.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Twice is coincidence. Nevertheless, the core contention about the need for three examples to establish a pattern remains applicable. Tonight, after a season-long dry spell, Masters of Sex well and truly got its freak on, with three separate examples of the erotically off-kilter encounters that used to be its greatest attraction. All it took was a little animal instinct for the show to go bananas once again. Yet what they came up with was pretty interesting, in the end. Borstein plays this fundamentally absurd exchange completely straight, a smart and necessary tactic. Honestly, try! Watching Gini expose her breasts to someone in order to help him have sex with someone else fits the pattern, even if those someones are a different species. Oh good heavens no. Any given episode, and certainly this one, feels like seven or eight completely disconnected storylines haphazardly mortared together by shouting matches in which Bill or Gini or Libby or whoever angrily stakes out a position they will reverse three scenes later.
The once super-hot show finally works its kinks out
When it comes to getting down and dirty in the rainforest, it seems hot-blooded female gorillas are the ones for steamy action. Associate Professor Dr Cyril Grueter, a primate expert from the University of Western Australia, is reported to have stumbled on the homosexual behaviour while studying the feeding ecology of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Two separate groups were studied and out 22 females, 18 were found to engage in sexual activity with other females, including engaging in genital rubbing. The reason for the behaviour seems to have no other function than sexual arousal, believe academics. Dr Grueter has been working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and it was while on an month field trip that he began studying what was behind the female homosexual activity. His new research paper — titled Homosexual behavior in female mountain gorillas: reflection of dominance, affiliation, reconciliation or arousal? Speaking today to the Australian media, he explained how during a break in a miserable period of rainy weather he watched female gorillas attempting to court a male who was paying no interest.
Studying gorillas is nothing if not glamorous, as you can clearly see; PC: Kathryn Jeffery. Kingo, a silverback male western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla at Mondika, copulates with Mama ti Seysa, one of six adult females in his group; PC: Jessica Lodwick. Naturally, gorillas have sex from time to time. They, like us, are sexually reproducing primates in the great ape family, Hominidae. Gorillas are non-seasonal breeders, which means that females conceive throughout the year. Within gorilla groups, mating occurs during the period in which a sexually mature female enters into the fertile phase of her reproductive cycle. This physiological phase is referred to as estrous.