whips, silk ribbons and fur straps, if you were under the impression that kinky
was something exclusively human, think again, nature gets far more freaky than
our conservative beds. When it comes to having wild sex, animals and insects
take it to a whole new level. From diving water beetles that catch the
females, risk her life, just so that she copulates; to mating plugs that literally means the
male severs off his own genitals, sacrificing his life to secure paternity. Here
is a look at some really cringe worthy wild sex stories, from the wild.
Sagawa, and the black widow spider? If sexual cannibalism was your vague guess,
then you’re right. Sexual cannibalism is something of a normal phenomenon among
the arachnid. And it is generally the male who gives his all (quite literally)
to his mate. While many get cannibalized by the larger, more aggressive female,
some like the Australian redback spiders, readily sacrifice themselves, to
ensure their paternal success. The redback spiders, somersaults into the mouth
of the female, who readily consumes the male whole. If you want to read about that stuff, here is a great link.
engage in it is just appalling. But the truth is that on some occasions,
animals indulge in necrophilia as well. During the Terra Nova Expedition,
George Murray Levick, wrote in his notes, that juvenile penguins often tried to
copulate with carcasses of dead female penguins. The first recording of
necrophilia in mallard ducks bagged the Ig Nobel Prize in biology in 2003. KeesMoeliker observed a mallard drake, copulating with the carcass of recently deceased
drake for almost 75 minutes, while taking short brakes in between. Here is the link to the paper published.
this may be a taboo for humans but rape is pretty common in the wild. Take the
notorious mallard again, mating season means pairing up of one male and female,
leaving several mallards, unattached, meaning they don’t produce offspring that
season. But mallards have overcome that difficulty, and sneaked in a cheaky
loophole. They have resorted to mounting (forcibly of course) a lonely female,
and sometimes, females not restricted to their species. forceful copulation is also observed within chimpanzees and even bottlenose dolphins – where young males move in packs and many a times forcefully copulate with lonely females. This sort of behavior is also seen in diving water beetles as well. These are aggressive aquatic predatory beetles, and their aggression is also reflected during the mating season. The diving beetles have no
courtship ritual, which just means that a male beetle will ambush and grasp any unsuspecting female diving beetle, catching her unaware and takes her straight to the water where he shakes and forcefully mounts her. Males have exceptional suction cup on their front feet that allow them a good grip on the female, who is kept underwater for a really long time, till she finally stops resisting. This ordeal can take up to six hours, before the female is finally released. This is extreme even where the beetles are concerned and very often leads to the female drowning. Here is a great link to know more about these kinky little fellas.
plugs are seen as one of the most effective tools for polyandrous species, or
where forceful copulation is rampant. Mating plugs are seen in rats, mice, squirrels,
butterflies, spiders, reptiles and even kangaroos. While some may just smother the
female genital tract with gelatinous goo, others take it a bit further. Like
the male dark fishing spider that severs off its appendage, using it as a
mating plug. This means that the males mate just once in their lifetime. (Here’s a fun article to read about Mating Plugs)
weevil, Cowpea seed beetles have a rough time with sex
as well, (at least as far as the female is concerned). The male beetles have spiky pines on their penis which during copulation does a lot of damage to the
female, sometimes increasing her rate of mortality.
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