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Is Homosexuality Natural? Yes. So is male lactation.


As Gwenn Seemel points out in her richly illustrated book, Crime Against Nature, the non-human animal kingdom is chock-full of examples that challenge many of our deeply held beliefs about what is “natural” behavior in everything from sexual preference to lifestyle choices to gender roles and even gender identity. A third gender, male pregnancy and [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Lazy Hyena

Sudanese Striped Hyena

A Sudanese Striped Hyena takes a nap at the San Diego Zoo. From the Thoughtful Animal Archives: Hyenas Give Up Eating Garbage for Lent, Hunt Donkeys Instead Silver Spoon Hyenas: Maternal Social Status Affects Male Reproductive Success Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2012

Allen's swamp monkeys. San Diego Zoo.

By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak Humans have a complicated relationship with our non-human cousins. Some animals we invite into our homes, and treat as members of our families. Indeed, in November of this year singer Fiona Apple made headlines when she announced that she would cancel the South American segment of her tour [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Hyenas Give Up Eating Garbage for Lent, Hunt Donkeys Instead

It’s springtime in the northern hemisphere, which means that Christians are giving up meat for Lent, Jewish people are eating matzah instead of bread for Passover, and spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) are replacing their regular meals with donkeys, in honor of the Ethiopian holiday Abye Tsome. Hyenas will eat just about anything organic. They’ll chow [...]

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