Have you ever heard someone say that being gay isn’t “natural?” Well, I have some bad news for them: nature is gay AF. Our world has numerous examples of animals that change gender, engage in same-sex activity, and throw gender norms out completely. Here’s my top ten animals from across the LGBT+ spectrum.
Recently, an animal rights group known as the "Whale Sanctuary Project" revealed its desire to develop a marine mammal "sanctuary" that would house cetaceans that have spent most of their lives in human care in southeastern Nova Scotia. The pen, which would house up to ten orcas, would be about the size of around 40 soccer fields and might open by 2020 even though it would cost around $20 million for the project to be completed. Sounds ideal right?
As the sun rises and the light starts to diffuse across the water of the Zambezi, an elephant drinks and a warm feeling enters your heart. Water rolls over the smoke that thunders, hippos huff and puff, and in the Luangwa valley, a lion's roar dances through the morning mist. A fish eagle looks patiently into the depths of the Kafue river and another day has begun in one of the most beautiful places on this delicate planet.
Do you ever accidentally create a new dance when you’re standing behind someone by crossing and uncrossing your legs or swaying side to side? Then by some odd force of nature these movements cause you to start generating sweat which tingles a lot on your face. So, you try to focus your energy on something else, anything else but all you can hear are church members pouring drinks down the hall. You start to wonder if you should have stepped out of service early when the pastor claimed, “I’m almost done” an hour before he actually was. After standing in an excruciatingly long line for the woman’s restroom your bladder had all but completely combusted.
I volunteered at the Timber Wolf Preservation Society (TWPS) from 2012 to its closing in 2014. As a tour guide, I learned things I never thought I would. My first-hand experience showed me that much of what I thought I knew about wolves before was false. They are a beautiful species that I think everyone can learn from.
I was visiting a friend in Gold Hill, Colorado. It's right outside Boulder, but several thousand feet above it, up an unpaved road. The foxes there are so unafraid of people that they come right up to back porches. They'll even eat food if you leave it out for them, or just steal your leather moccasins.
Most of the biggest cats in the world are also among the world's most endangered animals. As these beautiful creatures decline in numbers it begs the question: is all the progress made by humanity superficial if it comes at the expense of wildlife and environmental health? These big cats are dying out because their habitat is being eaten up by human beings, which also means that human beings are eating up the habitat of other human beings! So, take a gander at these precious felines and then prioritize your life!