Just when you thought penguins were sweet and innocent animals, it turns out that they actually like to get their freak on. Yes, penguins are a nasty, hedonistic bunch and for that we must love them more.
In 1915, a man by the name of Dr. George Levick wrote a four-page pamphlet entitled The Sexual Habits of the Adélie Penguins, in which he documented his findings about the penguin world. His discoveries were so salacious and scandalous for the time that he even wrote the pamphlet in Greek so as to protect the innocent humans of this earth from the horrors of penguin sex.
According to the research Dr. Levick did from 1910 to 1913 on the British Antarctic Expedition Terra Nova at Cape Adare, "There seems to be no crime too low for these penguins." Example? Well, they get it on for fun — not just to procreate! How ugly and inappropriate! They also like to indulge in sexual coercion, sexual and physical abuse of their wee ones, the occasional necrophilia and, the most sinful of all sexual behavior, homosexuality. Yikes.
Besides the abuse and necrophilia, it all sounds fantastic to me. It's also refreshing to know that there are other species on the planet who like themselves some naughty fun. For years, this document had been unseen, but was just recently found by a bird curator at the Natural History Museum in London. How it is that such amazing observations were kept in a dark closet somewhere for so long is a mind-boggling tragedy. But now we can all be at peace with the knowledge that penguins really are awesome — which we pretty much knew after watching The March of the Penguins, but this is just further confirmation. I wonder if they just love blowing each other, too. I'm going to pretend they do.
But wait... what does all this penguin behavior say about us humans? Let us know in the comments!
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