Studying gorillas is nothing if not glamorous, as you can clearly see; PC: Kathryn Jeffery. Kingo, a silverback male western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla at Mondika, copulates with Mama ti Seysa, one of six adult females in his group; PC: Jessica Lodwick. Naturally, gorillas have sex from time to time.
Twice is coincidence. Nevertheless, the core contention about the need for three examples to establish a pattern remains applicable. Tonight, after a season-long dry spell, Masters of Sex well and truly got its freak on, with three separate examples of the erotically off-kilter encounters that used to be its greatest attraction. All it took was a little animal instinct for the show to go bananas once again. Yet what they came up with was pretty interesting, in the end. Borstein plays this fundamentally absurd exchange completely straight, a smart and necessary tactic.
The once super-hot show finally works its kinks out
Female gorillas have been documented engaging in lesbian sex for the first time. While many species of male primates are well known to engage in homosexual behaviour, females have been subject to far less attention. Female gorillas have also been observed having lesbian sex in Uganda, but the data has not been published or subject to scrutiny. But the team were surprised to observe 44 instances of same-sex contact between female gorillas during their field study. Aggression between females did not occur prior to sex as the team had expected. A theory to explain the phenomenon is that some of the females engaged in sex out of frustration after being rejected by a male, or after becoming aroused after witnessing sex. Other theories speculated that female gorillas have sex in order to attract males. However, some dominant male gorillas would occasionally aggressively interrupt the proceedings, though others were unconcerned. The researchers also noted the gorillas would try to seek privacy. Lesbian sex did not occur between gorillas who were closely related, although there was contact between an aunt-niece pair.
A silverback right with a smaller female gorilla. Jealous female gorillas ply their silverback with sex to fight off the competition, a study suggests. Researchers at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia found that the female apes were more amorous on days their peers were having sex — even when they could not fall pregnant themselves. Dr Tara Stoinski and her team monitored four female apes for two years, counting how often they approached their mate and actually had sex. According to New Scientist magazine, even females who were already pregnant or breastfeeding young copulated more often when their peers were on heat. But the females at Atlanta Zoo had only one silverback to father their young, discounting this theory.