Same-sex behaviour among wild female gorillas has been documented for the first time and the Australian behind the study believes it is motivated by sexual arousal. Associate Professor Dr Cyril Grueter, a primate expert from the University of Western Australia, stumbled on the behaviour when studying the feeding ecology of mountain gorillas in Rwanda,. This is the first time two wild female gorillas have been documented engaging in sexual behaviour. Credit: University of Western Australia. It was after a miserable period of rain in the jungle and female gorillas enjoying the sunshine were trying to court the male but, Dr Grueter said, he had no interest in them. Working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International while on an month field trip in , Dr Grueter turned his attention to studying what was behind this behaviour.
Gorillas documented having lesbian sex for the first time
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Female gorillas have been documented engaging in lesbian sex for the first time. The behaviour was observed by scientists during a research trip to the Rwandan section of the Virunga mountain range in central Africa. The wild mountain gorillas, observed by a team led by Dr Cyril Grueter of the University of Western Australia, are believed to gain pleasure from having sex and may do it when they have been rejected by males. While many species of male primates are well known to engage in homosexual behaviour, females have been subject to far less attention. Female gorillas have also been observed having lesbian sex in Uganda, but the data has not been published or subject to scrutiny. But the team were surprised to observe 44 instances of same-sex contact between female gorillas during their field study.
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When it comes to getting down and dirty in the rainforest, it seems hot-blooded female gorillas are the ones for steamy action. Associate Professor Dr Cyril Grueter, a primate expert from the University of Western Australia, is reported to have stumbled on the homosexual behaviour while studying the feeding ecology of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Two separate groups were studied and out 22 females, 18 were found to engage in sexual activity with other females, including engaging in genital rubbing. The reason for the behaviour seems to have no other function than sexual arousal, believe academics.