7 crafty animals who manage to masturbate without hands
9 Animals That Masturbate (Other Than Humans) | Gizmodo UK
We get the urge because our ancestors did too, even back to the earliest mammals and reptiles. The diversity of animals that have been caught taking a bit of alone time goes far, far beyond dogs humping legs. It should be no surprise to anyone that our primate cousins are champion masturbators. They have hands, after all. The art of self-pleasure has been observed in males from about 80 species from ape to monkey to lemur, making it one of the most common and widespread primate sexual behaviours. Females from at least 50 species also get into the act, and they can get creative: for example, female orangutans and capuchin monkeys have both been observed using sticks and other plant parts as makeshift dildos. A male Asian elephant has a long, hefty penis that he can move around with a set of enlarged muscles at its base.
Why So Many Animals Evolved to Masturbate
This post is part of Mashable's Masturbation Week. May is National Masturbation Month, so we're celebrating by exploring the many facets of self-love. But what about all those animals that aren't primates? How can species that lack hands perform this tender act of self-love?
Porcupines prefer sex toys, and moose get off by rubbing their antlers on trees. While scientists debate the evolutionary reason for masturbation, there's no doubt that humans are not alone in their self-pleasure from time to time. Here are some other creatures that partake in solo sex. While our shared interest with the animal kingdom highlights some similarities between Homo sapiens and the rest of Earth's fauna, scientists say there are some differences in how we go about it. For one, many animals that masturbate don't continue the deed until orgasm humans seem to be rather goal-oriented on this point.