Male Japanese macaques were first filmed earlier this year mounting female sika deer in Minoo, Japan. However, scientists have su g ges ted the unusual beha viour may well be sexual after adolescent female monkeys and sika stags were also observed copulati ng. Publishing their findings in the Archives of Sexual Behavriour journal, researchers hypothesised that there could be several different reasons why the animals are taking part in inter-species sex. They suggested young female monkeys may be using the interactions as practice for eventual mating with male macaques. The Minoo macaques and deer are not the only animals known to look for sex outside their own species.
Sex between monkey and deer may be a new 'behavioural tradition', scientists say
Female Japanese Macaques Seen Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Sika Deer
These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. The discovery has prompted a lot of marveling from the media. There are numerous documented instances of animal masturbation , a habit enjoyed by primates as well as creatures including dolphins, elephants, penguins, and bats. Although the role of the sika deer adds a layer of complexity: Can a deer consent to interspecies frottage? That matter aside, there are a lot of animals out there who are, if you will, spanking the monkey.
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Mating behavior in Macaca arctoides has several features unique to the macaques. This pattern behaviorally accentuates some of the physiological aspects of coitus. Consequently, they can be more easily observed than in any of the other macaques. Homosexual encounters were numerous.
The randy macaque monkey was caught on camera hoisting himself up on a deer's back and furiously humping. Scientists believe that animals from different species could start having sex with each other after video footage emerged of a monkey and a deer. The footage shows the male macaque sexually interacting with a female sika deer in Japan by researchers earlier this year. In a video, the monkey hoists himself up on his deer and begins furiously gyrating against its back.