The World’s Most Famous Gay Animals

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Watch out Barbie and Ken, Marge and Homer and all you Disney princesses! There’s now Wendell and Cass, Roy and Silo and many others giving competition to heterosexual coupledom. One look at the animal world is enough to prove that being gay, bi or a gender bender is no big deal. It’s just that a few straight-laced humans get their knickers all in a twist when thinking of the many famous gay animal couples…

Take Ninio for example, a 10-year old African elephant in a zoo in Poznan, Poland who enraged local politicians earlier this year over his preference for hanging out with his mates rather than mating with the ladies.

“We didn’t pay 37 million zlotys ($11 million) for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there,” said an enraged Michal Grzes of Poland’s opposition party Law and Justice.

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Ninio, the little elephant who wouldn’t.

Elephant Ninio’s offence? Hitting female elephants with his trunk while being affectionate to the males. Given that male elephants reach maturity at around 10 years of age, Ninio is going through his teenage years. And his behaviour doesn’t sound so different from a species we know.

In the wild, elephant males live apart from the general herd (read: women and children) and form companionships that include sexual behaviour like mounting, kissing and trunk intertwining.

Those in charge, quick to label Ninio gay, don’t seem to take these facts into account. Ninio, who has already changed three zoos because of his behaviour, has been separated from the other animals, all the while attracting sympathetic visitors once his story went popular.