Fur Seal Caught Molesting Penguin

Fur Seal Caught Molesting Penguin

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Image: Fur Seal on the Kerguelen Islands, from Wikipedia.

MSNBC has a disturbing report of inter-species sexual assault:

"A seal has been caught on camera trying to have sex with a penguin.

"This seems to be the first example seen in the wild of a sexual escapade between a mammal and a different kind of vertebrate such as a bird, reptile or fish, "although some mammals are known to have attempted sexual relief with inanimate — including dead things — objects," said researcher Nico de Bruyn, a mammal ecologist at the University of Pretoria in South Africa."

Oh, also:

"The Antarctic fur seals of Marion Island are the only seals known to eat king penguins. The thrill of the hunt felt by the seal the researchers saw may have channeled into its sex drive, as the mating season had just come to an end.

"’It may have wanted to eat it and half-way through the chase changed its mind,’ de Bruyn speculated."

Everyone who hears about this seems to react with laughter or strange sexual innuendos, but all I can think of is how fucked up that must have been for the penguin. The bird, who was of undetermined gender, apparently escaped without injury.


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