Rape Seal

Since some of you didn’t believe me when I told you about this.

From the BBC’s story on this:

An Antarctic fur seal has been observed trying to have sex with a king penguin.

The South African-based scientists who witnessed the incident say it is the most unusual case of mammal mating behaviour yet known.

The incident, which lasted for 45 minutes and was caught on camera, is reported in the Journal of Ethology.

The bizarre event took place on a beach on Marion Island, a sub-Antarctic island that is home to both fur seals and king penguins.

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“At first glimpse, we thought the seal was killing the penguin,” says Nico de Bruyn, of the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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The 100kg seal first subdued the 15kg penguin by lying on it.

The penguin flapped its flippers and attempted to stand and escape – but to no avail.

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After 45 minutes the seal gave up, swam into the water and then completely ignored the bird it had just assaulted, the scientists report.

That’s the difference between seals and humans. It failed to fuck the penguin. A human would have succeeded.

Via Warren Ellis.