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Dec 05, 2003 19:07 # 17614

Jaz *** tells about...

Penguin Prostitution

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According to a German magazine penguin males pay penguin females for sex.

The females require pebbles to build their nest. Because these pebbles are a scarce resource on Ross Island in Antarctica, female penguins secretely abandon their lovers for a short while in order to offer their "services" to other single penguin males. After the intercourse the single male pays the female with some pebbles from his stock. The female drags the pebbles back home and works on her nest some more.

It doesn't always have to be sex. Often a little cuddling is enough for the female to be able to collect her pebble fee. Fiona Hunter, a zoologist, once watched a female collect 62 pebbles without getting laid.

This must be the cutest fact, ever.

'Yeah, That's what Jesus would do. Jesus would bomb Afghanistan. Yeah.' - snowlion

Dec 06, 2003 02:33 # 17622

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

Re: Penguin Prostitution

Cute indeed, and I've heard this before somewhere else too. But, I question exactly why someone would dedicate their time and energy to researching the currency exchange among penguins.

--Jami

--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

Dec 06, 2003 15:10 # 17632

Jaz *** replies...

Re: Penguin Prostitution

But, I question exactly why someone would dedicate their time and energy to researching the currency exchange among penguins.

They probably just stumbled across it while checking out Antarctica :) And anyway, you can never have enough cute penguin facts. If I were to rule the world, we'd have tons of penguin research.

'Yeah, That's what Jesus would do. Jesus would bomb Afghanistan. Yeah.' - snowlion

Dec 06, 2003 21:00 # 17637

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

Re: Penguin Prostitution

And anyway, you can never have enough cute penguin facts. If I were to rule the world, we'd have tons of penguin research.

A friend of mine and I decided that in order to achieve world domination, one must include an army of penguins. I'd tell you how but that's top secret info (either that or it'd send the BS facter alot higher than nessicary). ;-)

--Jami

--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

Dec 07, 2003 05:08 # 17646

Arei_Drea *** has an idea...

Re: Penguin Prostitution

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That is really truly great (for lack of a better word).

It kind of makes you wonder if peguins are more evolved than other birds. I mean, humans are the evolved (unless you are a cynic and believe humans have been declining in the evolutionary ladder) version of homo erectus, so is the penguin a step ahead of other birds, like we are a step ahead of the chimps?

Just something to think about...

I'm very handy with a meat-cleaver, ~Arei Drea

Dec 17, 2003 15:13 # 18053

Avernus *** replies...

Re: Penguin Prostitution

Hey the penguins are just picking up on something that has been going on with humans since we started a trade/barter system. They have developed a system it took us centuries to work out.

The Black and White army will prevail.


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