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Monday, October 20, 2008

News from the Animal Kingdom

posted by on October 20 at 10:00 AM

Gorrillaz going at it face-to-face:

gorillafacetoface.jpgScientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have released the first known photographs of gorillas performing face-to-face copulation in the wild. This is the first time that western gorillas have been observed and photographed mating in such a manner.

How did the wild animals hide this ability for so long? Is it a new development?

“It is also interesting that this same adult female [Leah] has been noted for innovative behaviors before.”
Maybe this face-to-face thing is a consequence of “cultural pollution.”

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It's called "speciesist imperialism." Look what us crazy humans have done to those poor primates!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 20, 2008 9:54 AM

Put a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters, and sooner or later one of them will figure out how to blow Paul Constant.

Posted by Matthew | October 20, 2008 9:56 AM

Go Leah, w00t!

That's my girl.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 20, 2008 9:58 AM

"cultral pollution"
Who is out there fucking in front of these apes? Sick athropologists. get a tent.

Posted by mickey in AR | October 20, 2008 10:00 AM

I'm not sure how, but this can't be quite right - because I saw that picture last year. A friend made a joke photo album on Facebook where he tagged pictures of animals as his friends, and tagged this exact picture as me and my boyfriend, with the lurking gorilla nearby tagged as my boyfriend's roommate. This was definitely months ago, probably in the winter or late fall.

Posted by Yourleastfavorite | October 20, 2008 10:05 AM

This officially takes the cake in regards to how fucking ridiculous Charles is.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 20, 2008 10:09 AM

Looks like a heavily-Photoshopped Far Side cartoon. Betcha Leah's got the rhinestone glasses on.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | October 20, 2008 10:11 AM


The article that Chuckles linked to kicks off with this:

ScienceDaily (Feb. 13, 2008)

That may provide some clarity.

Posted by well | October 20, 2008 10:12 AM

or "get a tree."

Posted by trufe | October 20, 2008 10:12 AM

Ah, I realize what the problem is: this isn't "news," that article was published in February. I just double-checked, and my friend posted the photo in, yes, February, when this actually broke.

Posted by Yourleastfavorite | October 20, 2008 10:13 AM

You should read up on bonobos. They do it every which way face-to-face, oral, girl-ape-on-girl-ape, the works.

Posted by MG | October 20, 2008 10:15 AM

Definitely, I think, cultural pollution is a possibility. This kind of thing happens all the time with crows, so why not gorillas?

People whose brains are wired a certain way (Ayn Randians? Frat boys? I don't know) get angry when you mention gorillas. It's because gorillas are vegetarians in spite of having large, pointy teeth. This gives them fits, and provokes them to spew bile. Hence the non sequiturs in the comments.

Posted by elenchos | October 20, 2008 10:26 AM

elenchos, by that measure of pointy teeth, are tyrannosaurus vegetarians? are you a young earth creationist now?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 20, 2008 10:30 AM

Bellevue Ave. Jesus dude.

Posted by elenchos | October 20, 2008 10:38 AM

I thought i'd poke fun at the equatist notion that there are many pointy teethed vegetarians would give credence to creationist flim flam.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 20, 2008 10:42 AM

Oh Charles, you dropped the ball on this one...

Where is the obvious suggestion that they saw humans doing it and mimic the action thanks to Mirror Neurons?

Never pass up a chance to do a little self-promotion.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 20, 2008 10:48 AM

Who's been giving porn to the gorillaz again?

Posted by Sirkowski | October 20, 2008 10:53 AM

"this same adult female [Leah] has been noted for innovative behaviors before".


Posted by Gregus | October 20, 2008 1:10 PM

Females with innovative behavior rule!

Posted by Seatattle | October 20, 2008 5:59 PM

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