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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bizarre Mating Rituals..demonstrated with animation

I once heard a true story whereby a social worker went to Africa to educate the Africans on family planning and protection from sexual diseases. They introduced the condom and demonstrated how it was put on with the end of a broom stick. They then distributed dozens of condoms to all participants.
6 months later, they did a review of the campaign, disappointed to find increasing figures still on birth and victims. The same social worker then did a house visit of these participants.

On his routine checks, the social worker found a broom stick propped at the corner of each home. Guess what was hanging off the tip of the broom stick? The rubber.

The campaign failed because they neglected the fact that Africa has a culture that is big on rituals. The animal kingdom too, also has a way of getting their mojo grooving.

1. Giraffes
Giraffes are frisky little boogers. They partake in what is known as overlap promiscuity, which is a fancy word for having sex with as many partners as possible. Whenever either sex feels like getting it on, they’ll mate. Males will go at it with any female since he doesn’t have to worry about defending himself against other males. Mating for giraffes is year round, and a female’s estrus occurs about every two weeks. The male will test her receptiveness doing what is known as flehmen. Here’s where it gets gross. The male will induce the female to urinate. He will then scoop up some of her urine, and taste it like a fine wine. If all tastes well, the chase is on.

2. Macaques
Apparently humans aren’t the only ones who exchange favors for sex. Male macaques will give food and do intense grooming in the hopes for sex. Talk about desperation. What’s more intriguing is that other macaques will sometimes attack copulating pairs. Apparently, macaques will retaliate bullying received in the past while their enemy is enjoying his fun. What better way to enact revenge then while your enemy is distracted?

3. King Cobra
While pursuing the female, the male will give off a scent letting the female know he is ready for love. If she is accepting, the two will intertwine and make sexy time. However, the male needs to be wary of his techniques. If the female decides she’s not all into the act of foreplay, she might decide to make a tasty snack out of her potential partner. If a male is successful, he will then stay with the female until her eggs hatch.

3. Wrasse (Cleaner Fish)
There is usually one dominant male with a harem of females. If the male should die or disappear, the dominant female will assume the role of dominant male, and change her sex, which is known as protogynous hermaphrodite. The dominant male of the territory will initiate spawning by swimming through his harem and selecting a female. Once he has done so, the pair will do a loop dance and release gametes. Non-territorial males in the hopes to get their freak on, will streak through a mating pair just as they’re releasing their gametes and release his own sperm. Brings new meaning to “Whose your daddy?”

4. White-Crested Hornbill
The male of this species is a mature, responsible animal when it comes to being a supportive partner. When ready, the male will help the female go into a nesting cavity in a tree. After mating, the male will help plaster the female into the tree with a mix of wood, old fecal matter, or clay. A small slit is all that is left, allowing for the female to defecate through the hole, and receive meals through it. There she will stay for 40-100 days until the chicks are hatched and raised.

5. Serromyia Femorata

I thought the praying mantis chicks were bad by biting off the heads of their mates. These little flies do what they like to call “kissing.” Only that it really isn’t kissing, it’s more like ingesting. While mating, the pair will perform what appears to be kissing, but at the end, the female will proceed to suck out the contents of the male through his mouth. Might want to ease up on that suction there…

6. Octopus

Attending the animation workshop 2 weeks ago, courtesy of NE mation, taught me that stop motion wasn't too difficult to create (you only need the software, a story and a web cam). Creating still images, and then stiching them all up, it sounds easy. The difficult part comes in co-ordination, and maintaining the highest level of merticulous precision. Let me demonstrate to you how Octopus mate.
Could you tell? I don't think Pixar and Dreamworks will be fighting over me.

There are 289 species of octopus, and the female will only mate once in her entire life span (they live 1-3 years). The penis of a male is called a hectocotylus and it is formed on the third tentacle on the right side. The male octopus will actually lose his penis upon mating. But don’t worry guys, unless you’re the Argonata octopus, you will grow a new one, but only during the next mating season. In the Argonata octopus, the male won’t even copulate with the female. The poor guy’s penis actually breaks off and heads toward the female’s den, where it will lock itself inside her “cavity,” (her gills).

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