What it is it about me, Australian scientists, and the strange sex lives of weird animals? I don’t know, but here we go again.
Yazad over at AnarCapLib points to this bizarre page written by Australian grad student Wendy Cooper. While bored in the library basement one day, she stumbled upon a couple of papers studying how porcupines make love (yeah, yeah, we all know the joke). For the benefit of humanity, she has summarized the results for easy reading. Their mating rituals are interesting, to say the least. A sample of male behavior:
When placed in a cage with a female the male porcupine toured the whole area rubbing everything with his nose. He carefully smelled all items, paying closest attention to objects that had been in contact with the female and the places where she had urinated. He often walked about the cage on three legs, clutching at his genitals with his free left front paw.
Hey, if he’d gone to Vanderbilt he could have pledged DKE!
[Sorry D, after the notorious Hand Pants Man news incident of 2003 I just couldn’t resist.]