Showing posts with label Gay Animals. Show all posts
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January 16, 2019

The Gay and Foster Penguin Parents in Australia



SphengicCreditSea Life Sydney Aquarium
                                                                      


SYDNEY, Australia —


 It was a young penguin colony, and all but one of the couples were pretty bad parents.

They would get distracted from their nests, go for a swim or play, and so neglected eggs were getting cold, likely never to hatch. This was normal for inexperienced penguins, and the aquarium managers didn’t worry. Next mating season would be better.

One couple, though, was extraordinary. Not because they were the colony’s only gay penguins, though they were, but because Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly.

Curious, the aquarium managers gave the two males a dummy egg. They took to it. And so then, when a particularly negligent heterosexual penguin couple looked to be leaving an egg exposed (females lay two, but usually only one survives), the aquarium workers figured they would give it to Sphen and Magic. 

In October, that egg hatched. Now the chick of a gay penguin union is waddling around an ice enclosure by the touristy docks in Sydney.

When Sphen and Magic became a couple, Australia had just gone through a bitter battle about whether gay marriage should be legal. The human gay marriage debate had brought out thorny personal and religious tensions. These two diligent Gentoos, unaware of the political heat around their courtship, became a larger symbol for the country. If a penguin colony could figure this out, a human nation certainly could.

Australia is famous for having many dangerous creatures on land and in water: some of the most dangerous snakes and spiders in the world, kangaroos that look like bodybuilders, great white sharks patrolling surfers. Suddenly, though, Australia’s biggest animal celebrities were two gay penguins, which their keepers noticed with pleasure.

“Everyone likes penguins,” said Tish Hannan, the head of penguin supervision at the aquarium. “They’re so cheeky.”

“They’re not like sharks,” said the senior penguin keeper Amy Lawrie, her second in command. “No one’s had a bad experience with a penguin.” 
Penguin keepers cannot say exactly why one penguin chooses another, especially two penguins as different as Magic and Sphen.

Magic, a 3-year-old Gentoo born at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, is excitable and playful. He chases after toys and anything that shines. He greets visitors.

Sphen, who is 6 and from SeaWorld, is taller and has a bigger beak. He’s quieter, more serious and less interested in toys and humans.

But it was clear early on what Sphen and Magic were doing when they met one summer day at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

First, as is the Gentoo way, they began to bow to each other.

They brought each other carefully selected pebbles for the nest they hoped to build together. If either had not been interested he would have rejected the pebble, pushing it away with a beak. But each admired the pebbles he was brought.

Ms. Lawrie described it as “consent.” 

“You would see Magic standing in his spot looking for Sphen, and he would call and Sphen would come running over and give Magic a little bow and sing as well,” Ms. Hannan said. “They’ve chosen each other. That’s it. They’re bonded now.”

Others in the colony of 33 penguins were still flirting. Younger birds tend to take a little while to choose their partners.

“They were recognizing multiple different bird calls and bowing to different individuals,” Ms. Hannan said. “We saw none of that behavior from either Sphen or Magic. They weren’t interested in other birds in the colony.”

And so it was no surprise that the two began preparing for an egg.

“We knew they would start picking up stones,” Ms. Hannan said. “And we knew they would build the best nest.”

When they egg came, Sphen and Magic each took turns sitting on it for 28 days.

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The penguin keepers had a discussion.

 Sphen, Magic and Sphengic.CreditCreditSea Life Sydney Aquarium







“We made the decision within the penguin team, and no one was against it,” Ms. Lawrie said. “Any pairs that want to pair up, it’s great.” 
They alerted aquarium leadership that there were going to be two male penguin parents. The aquarium executives embraced it. 
Sphen and Magic, two male penguins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, looked after an egg when a heterosexual penguin couple wasn’t up to the task. The 3-month-old chick will be called Sphengic until it gets a permanent name.Published OnJan. 15, 2019CreditCreditSea Life Sydney Aquarium
The aquarium put out a video of the pair singing to each other. There is a video of them making their pebble nest.

Visitors now come just to see the new gay parents and ask tour guides which were the gay penguins.

There were those who objected to using of the word “gay.”

“The word ‘unnatural’ was used a lot,” said Samantha Antoun, the aquarium’s public relations manager. “People said we shouldn’t call them gay because maybe they’re just friends.”

The penguin keepers said they would bring no politics onto the ice.

“We’re not going to discourage any companionship for our penguins,” Ms. Lawrie said. “Love is love.”

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The first sign of a good Gentoo parent is that they’re able to recognize an egg has hatched and that the chick is slowly breaking its way out. This can take days. Sphen and Magic noticed straight away.

“When it’s got its face out, it can start talking to its parents, and Magic and Sphen recognized this and started singing to the egg before it even hatched,” Ms. Hannan said.

Their chick — for now called Sphengic — was born on a Friday and weighed 91 grams. It was the only chick to have hatched of all the eggs in the colony.

For the first few months of a chick’s life, it stays close to its parents. Sphen and Magic feed and sing to the chick. They tuck it into bed at night. The chick needs to have its head faced toward the parents when it sleeps under them, so parents use their beaks to keep it in proper position.

Like any couple, Sphen and Magic did face challenges, mostly related to their age difference.

“Magic is the younger one, and he would try to pawn off the parental duties in the first couple days,” Ms. Hannan said. “Sometimes he would be like, ‘You feed the chick today’ and hop off and go swimming.”

But slowly he learned to co-parent. When Magic would feed the chick, Sphen would come over and sing to them. 

“He was singing to encourage him,” Ms. Hannan said. “So Magic would know he was doing the right thing.” 

Now the 3-month-old chick is almost fully grown. He, or she, does not have a permanent name yet. Nor does the penguin have a gender. A penguin’s reproductive organs are internal, so gender can only be determined by a blood test at maturity. Orientation and identity are not Sphengic’s most pressing challenges.

One recent morning, Magic was playing with the other members of the colony, and Sphen was minding Sphengic, who is set aside from the colony in a crèche. Another penguin, Rita, came a little too close. Sphen flapped his wings and lightly jabbed at her with his beak. Sphengic, whose personality has yet to develop, was busy eating ice.

Lunch that day would be pilchards and squid.

The penguin keepers said they do not think much about the politics of Sphengic. But they do see that he is inspiring visitors.

“Penguins are born with the ability to raise chicks from start to finish whether they’re male or female, and that’s quite an interesting thought to keep in mind,” Ms. Hannan said. “We’re the same.”

Many of the other penguins are searching for new pairs for another mating season. But Sphen and Magic remain together. Recently, Sphengic began learning to swim. Sphen and Magic padded nearby, ready to dive in.

January 3, 2019

"The Trouble With Normal" College Offers Studies for LGBT on Non Human Perspectives of The Same



 








These animals and insects only mate with each other




The course examines ‘the trouble with normal’

A public university is giving its students an opportunity to learn about “non-human perspectives” of LGBT identities and politics, though the professor teaching the class did not explain how studying such a perspective was even possible.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies Department at Montclair State University offers a 200-level course called “Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal.” The class is being offered this coming semester.

According to the course description, the class will use an array of “textual and cinematic sources” to “explore issues such as gender performance, the third sex, transgender issues, intersex issues, the political underpinnings and the transgressive nature of ‘queer’, the history of queer politics (from AIDS activism to the gay marriage issue), schisms within the LGBTQ political movements, queers and disability, issues of race, class and representation within the queer community, and non-human perspectives on queer.”

The course is a two-and-a-half hour lecture that meets once a week, according to a listing in the university’s scheduling catalog.

The College Fix reached out to Andrea Dini, the coordinator of Montclair State’s GLBTQ Studies Minor, for comment on the course. Dini directed The Fix to the course’s professor, Caroline Dadas.

Dadas did not respond to The Fix’s queries seeking to learn about the course’s teaching of “non-human perspectives on queer.”

The course description also says it will have students, “engage in a critical analysis of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ecology, and synthesize methodologies from various disciplines in the humanities to gain a broad intersectional, multicultural and historical understanding of the term queer, and of queer and transgender studies.”

The prerequisite to take the course is the completion of GLQS 100: Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies. That course “introduces students to current research in the study of same-sex individuals, relationships and communities and the social construction framework for analyzing contemporary gendered identities, sexualities, and the discourses and practices that maintain them.”

The school’s LGBT course offerings are scant; in addition to the “Trouble with Normal” course and the introductory course, the university offers only two other LGBT-centric classes. One of them, titled “Queer Theory,” promises to explore how to “create new ways of thinking, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual but also about other supposedly essential notions such as sexuality and gender.”

According to her official website, one of Caroline Dadas’s area of specialty is “queer online rhetorics” and her “primary research agenda involves studying the intersections of civic participation–particularly by queer-identified individuals–and digital environments.”


   

September 29, 2018

A Gay Couple of Penguins Were So Desperate in Having Their Offspring They Kidnapped A Baby Penguin From A Dad Not Paying Attention

Feathers were flying at one Danish zoo this week.
A same-sex penguin couple “kidnapped” a chick from another pair of birds within their home at Denmark’s Odense zoo this week.
The parenting scuffle went down while the baby penguin in question’s parents went for a swim in the creatures’ exhibit, Odense zookeeper Sandie Hedgegård Munck told Danish broadcaster DR.
According to Hedgegård Munck, the penguin pair decided the chick’s parents weren’t fit to look after the baby — and waited for the perfect moment to take action.
“The parents disappeared, and the kid was simply kidnapped,” the zookeeper told the outlet.
Gay penguin couple at Denmark's Odense Zoo
Gay penguin couple at Denmark's Odense Zoo
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Hedgegård Munck places all blame for the animal miscommunication on the chick’s father. “I know that the female is very caring for the kid, and she is also very aggressive to us animal lovers if we get too close to the chick,” Hedgegård Munck explained. “I think the female had been out to get her bath, and then it had been the male’s turn to care for the kid. He may have then left, and then the [gay] couple had thought, ‘It’s pity, we’ll take it.'”
One day later, the chick’s biological parents wanted their baby back. In a video posted on the Odense Zoo’s Facebook page, the parents can be seen confronting the baby’s new adoptive family, who protectively nuzzled the chick in between their legs.
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After their encounter turned physical, the chick was given back to his biological parents.
Nonetheless, the couple was rewarded for their paternal skills: They were given an egg from a female penguin that was unable to care for her child.
The happy pair aren’t the first same-sex penguin couple to want to start a family.
In 2004, the New York Times published a story about two chinstrap penguins who fell in love at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan.
The penguins, called Roy and Silo, “exhibit what in penguin parlance is called ‘ecstatic behavior’: that is, they entwine their necks, they vocalize to each other, they have sex,” the New York Times wrote at the time.
Like the Danish couple, Roy and Silo were desperate to have a baby, so they put a rock in their nest and sat on it.
Chief keeper Rob Gramzay noticed this and gave them a real egg that needed parents. Gramzay explained that Roy and Silo eventually welcomed baby Tango, who they cared for until she was old enough to be on her own.
Roy and Silo remained together for six years, but later split up. However, their story was even turned into the book And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.

June 28, 2018

Gay Swans in Austria Attack to Defend Their Adopted Baby




While nobody drowned, numerous bathers and people simply strolling beside the lake are reported to have suffered attacks – and some of them were serious.
Several swimmers in fact required hospitalisation, with one of them receiving a deep flesh wound to the head courtesy of the protective parents.
"We had to act urgently," Steinegger told the Daily Mail. "But I simply didn't have the heart to have the two swans killed by a hunter."
Luckily, the mayor found animal wildlife expert Alexander Groder, who with his wife runs a wildlife sanctuary specialising in difficult animal rescue situations.
Groder and his wife were able to remove the swans from the lake, and has transported them to a special pond without boundaries in the state of Tyrol in Austria's west.
As for the exact circumstances of the pair's relationship, it's difficult to be certain – as it is with many cases of animal homosexuality – but Groder at least has some ideas about where the physical aggression could be stemming from.
"It may be two male swans living in a relationship," Groder told The OÖNachrichten.
"But one of them is strongly suppressed by the other, and I could imagine that the aggression comes from there as well."
It's not known whether the plastic cup will be making the trip with them, but in light of all the drama caused – and how committed these would-be parents are to protecting their unlikely offspring – we at least hope the family finds some well-deserved peace and quiet in their new home.
PETER DOCKRILL
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May 15, 2018

Did You Know Beetles Have Gay Sex? This is Why




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 Beetles are among the more than 100 specials of insects that have been observed engaging in same-sex mating behavior, but researchers have never been able to figure out why. Was it a way to establish dominance or resolve conflict? Were these beetles just born that way?
Researchers at the University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences have a theory: They’re just sloppy.
In a study published in Animal Behaviour, scientists bred six populations of red flour beetles and maintained them for 80 to 100 generations under either male-dominant or female-dominant groups. They found that when there were ample female partners available, male beetles mated indiscriminately, regardless of their partner’s sex. 
But if there were fewer available females, the males were much more selective: They spent more time with a particular female and same-sex behavior was much less commonly observed.
That doesn’t necessarily explain why homosexuality exists in hundreds of other species, though. 
“These results cannot be generalized to explain the behaviors of animals with more complex cognitive function and social structures like birds and mammals, which are likely to have very different reasons for same-sex mating,” researcher Kris Sales told The Telegraph
In birds and mammals, homosexual behavior has been shown to have evolutionary benefits including maintaining allegiances, and providing “practice” for young adults. But those benefits don’t seem to apply in the insect world, where homosexual mating expends time and energy, boosts the risk of injury, disease, and predation, and doesn’t end in offspring. In an earlier study, those factors shortened the lives of heterosexually active males by an average of 25%.
Instead, the same-sex hookups appear to be accidental.
“Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty,” says Dr. Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Zoology. “The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes."
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April 17, 2018

Gay Vultures Become Parents at Dutch Zoo


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Image captionThe birds will be fed by zoo staff to allow them to slowly adapt to freedom

A vulture raised by gay parents has been released into the wild as part of a conservation programme.
Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo set two birds free in Sardinia, a year after they were born in the Dutch capital.
One of the chicks was raised by two male vultures in a long-term relationship.
The griffon vultures in their aviary in SardiniaThe griffon vultures have been living in an aviary in Sardinia to acclimatise to their new surroundings ahead of their release.
This pair are the latest of 12 griffon vultures to be released in Sardinia, as part of a conservation project called Life Under Griffon Wings.
The two birds hatched in Amsterdam in April and May 2017. One of them was raised from an egg by a male vulture couple.
Zoo keeper Job van Tol last year described the pair as "a very tight couple".
"We have had them for some years. They always build a nest together, bond and mate together," he told the BBC. When staff found an abandoned egg which the other vultures would not care for, they decided to give it to the male vultures.
It was the zoo's first successful hatching in five years.
The griffon vultures in their aviary in SardiniaThe second vulture was raised by heterosexual parents being cared for in captivity after they were hurt in a road accident in Spain.
The director of the zoo, Rembrandt Sutorius, went to the Parco Regionale di Porto Conte in the northwest of Sardinia to set the two birds free. 
"We could see the vultures floating above the area - a truly magnificent sight," he said. 

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Image captionThe birds will be fed by zoo staff to allow them to slowly adapt to freedom

The pair were brought to the island before their release to acclimatise to their surroundings. 
Staff will continue to feed them carcasses in a fenced off area to allow them to slowly adapt to their freedom. 
Conservation efforts for European vultures began after a drop in numbers from the 1970s onwards, largely due to farmers leaving out poisoned carcasses on their land to kill predators.
A 2013 census found only 30 pairs of vultures left on Sardinia.



November 10, 2017

Now That is Known There are Gay Animals Kenya Wants Lyons Isolated



 



A wildlife photographer's candid shot of two male lions in what appears to be an amorous embrace at a reserve in Kenya has the African nation's moral authorities concerned about possible demonic possession, or humans "behaving badly" and setting the wrong example for the animal kingdom.



"Demons also inhabit animals," Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board, told Nairobi News in an interview posted online last week. 
The recent photos, taken in a Kenyan wildlife area, do show a rare sight: a male lion mounting another male lion in what resembles a sexual act, but experts say may have been a way of showing dominance.
The spectacle of two wild male lions in such intimacy was also observed in Botswana last year and has sometimes been interpreted as homosexual behavior, though lion experts say it is a relatively uncommon form of bonding or social interaction.
Paul Goldstein, the photographer who captured the images in Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve in August, said many other species are known to engage in such behavior and that, for example, he had seen giraffes doing it.
"It was just a dramatic thing to see," Goldstein said of the male lions. He was astonished by Mutua's remarks, declaring it "not normal" and attributing the behavior to demonic possession, or copying what he clearly believes is amoral human behavior.
"These animals need counselling, because probably they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly," said Mutua. "I don't know, they must have copied it somewhere or it is demonic. Because these animals do not watch movies."
"The demonic spirits inflicting in humans seems to have now caught up with the animals," the film classification board director said. "That is why I will say isolate the crazy gay animals." Wild male lions have only mounted each other for a day or two in past cases that were observed, and the activity happens "during periods of social stress or a realignment of their dominance relationship," said Craig Packer, director of a lion research center at the University of Minnesota.
"There have been several observations of male lions mounting each other without intromission, and the males subsequently resumed their normal patterns of mating with receptive females," Packer wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
"Male lions form stable coalitions and they are very affectionate with each other, but this affection is expressed by rubbing their heads together, licking each other's faces and flopping on top of each other," he wrote.
Another lion expert said cases of male lions mounting each other are "typically infrequent" and that he interprets it as a form of social bonding.
"Male lions have to commit to supporting each other when a territory is challenged, so maybe at times of territory take-over males are stressed and more likely to" engage in such an act, said Paul Funston, senior director of lion and cheetah programs at the Panthera conservation group.
In a blog post last year, Funston noted that a photographer documented similar behavior by two male lions that had traveled from Namibia to Botswana, and he described it as "remarkable but not unheard of behavior that was misunderstood by many."
Ian Michler, maker of a documentary film called "Blood Lions," said lions "have been known to 'mate' as a way of showing dominance of other males" in a group, particularly a new one.
While the lions photographed in Kenya and Botswana were confirmed to be male, Michler also remarked that some female lions with high testosterone levels grow manes, often don't produce offspring and might be mistaken for males.

November 3, 2017

Two Male Lyons Teach onlookers How they do it-Any questions Australia?



 These two Lyons block traffic in the park reservation in South Africa not giving a hoot of who is watching or if they believe in gay sex, marriage or all the other stuff humans put on the way of two loving human creatures. Nature is nature and when you find an important activity like that used for procreation of the species you also find nature putting the brakes on procreation on occasions by having the creatures share each other with out having an offspring coming out of the relationship or encounter.
For these two, they are lovers and I have seen other pictures of them and other Lyons that stick together, play together and have sex together giving the females in the area little attention.
Now , Who made them this way or is it something they chose while they looked at porno or TV?
May be there also Lyon, monkey demons too responsible for this abomination. None of the kids and parents watching were offended. They just caught something that is usually done in private but I guess these two could not wait. I remember the day when I was younger full of testosterone and sometimes .... oh well you know what I mean.
Adam🦊

 These two loves (for real) are more private, they are in Australia, a nation voting if on Same Sex couples to see if they could get married, Voting? Who voted for the proposal of this idea to give him that right? Humans are  still so Naive (stupid) and more enlightened nations keep electing people from another era or planet.

AND remember the government is for roads, schools, health, defense, not religious matters. Churches and its pastors and priests: To have you come in and keep them in business by making you at ease about you dying and what is going to happen to the real you once you die (even though no human has ever come back to tell how it is) It seems they are expert on this but if it relaxes somebody billions Im all for it. I do believe is good to believe in something but not at the expense of making other's life miserable.


October 21, 2017

How Old Are You, 90 and No Love? Jonathan The Gay Tortoise Found Love at 186



This tortoise proves you can find love even at 186 years old 

The world's oldest tortoise is discovered to be gay
Jonathan, the world's oldest gay tortoise 
The world’s oldest tortoise is in a relationship with a younger reptile, and it turns out that tortoise is a male.
Jonathan, who is 186 years old, has been in a relationship with a fellow tortoise Frederic for the past 26 years.

Jonathan, the tortoise icon

A resident of St Helena, a British Overseas Territory 1,200 miles off the coast of southern Africa, Jonathan is an icon of the island.
Given as a gift to the governor in the 30s, he features on the Saint Helena five pence coin.
Vets decided Jonathan needed a mate in 1991.
And it worked, ‘Frederica’ and Jonathan had enjoyed regular mating sessions every Sunday morning.
After three decades, vets now know why the couple never had young.

Vets find out Jonathan’s mate is a male

Vets repaired a lesion on a shell of ‘Frederica’, and it turned out the tortoise was a male.
So he’s been renamed Frederic, according to The Times.
Catherine Man, the island vet, said the pair were ‘creatures of habit’, eating and sleeping at the same times. They live off a healthy diet of vegetable titbits and vitamins.
Jonathan is blind from cataracts and has lost his ability to smell. However, the tortoise has retained excellent hearing.

St Helena’s fight for same-sex marriage

St Helena, which has a population of 4,255, is currently deciding on whether to legislate for same-sex marriage.
Earlier this year, a gay couple applied to get married as the law is unclear on the issue.
The Legislative Council asked the public for their opinions on marriage equality, with comments needing to be submitted by 27 October.
A Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality in St Helena is expected in January 2018.

June 18, 2014

Some Brown Bears Love Oral Sex


                                                                             
 
 Zoologists in Eastern Europe have discovered that brown bears enjoy homosexual activity—specifically oral sex between male bears.
Findings published in Zoo Biology reports on ”the first observations of long‐term, recurrent fellatio in captive brown bears kept in proper conditions.”
More than 116 hours of bear activity at a Croatian wildlife sanctuary was studied by researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences, who noted 28 instances of fellatio between two male bears. (Each “interlude” lasted between one and four minutes):
All cases appeared to be initiated by the provider, who approached the receiver while he was resting on his side or with part of his abdomen exposed. If the receiver’s genitals were not exposed, the provider would push his head into the pelvic region or use his paws to separate the hind legs.
After accessing and initial licking of the penis, the provider would find a more comfortable posture, such as sitting or lying…once actual sucking started, neither bear changed position.
The behavior has been noted before, but usually only with captive bears kept in substandard conditions, where it was assumed to be a marker of stress.
The researchers think that the Croatian bears may have adopted the habit because both bears were brought to the sanctuary as orphans, well before they would have been weaned from their mother. “In the case reported here, the provider may have found a substitute for teat‐sucking that also resulted in a let‐down of substitute ‘milk,’” says head researcher Agnieszka Sergiel.
Or maybe, y’know, it just feels nice?
 Bonus figure from the main text:
Figure 1. Selected frames from the footage of the fellatio behavior in the brown bear males: (a) the individual providing fellatio approaching the other individual resting on side, (b)–(d) phases of fellatio.
Figure 1. Selected frames from the footage of the fellatio behavior in the brown bear males: (a) the individual providing fellatio approaching the other individual resting on side, (b)–(d) phases of fellatio.
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