NSFW Science: Fruit Bat Fellatio

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  1. V says:

    I see an Ig Noble recipient…

  2. Jehosephat says:

    Praise Jesus!

  3. demophon says:

    V, Hear, hear!

  4. Yoder says:

    Wow — I’d totally missed the video the first time I read this. I’m not clear on the scientific purpose of the wacky background music.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dude. I am totally naming my band Fruit Bat Fellatio.

  6. jessemoya says:

    “Although, it is worth noting that this appears to be the first time that fellatio has been documented as a regular part of adult sex outside of humans.”

    Absolutely not. I toured the Museum of Sex in NYC recently and there was an entire exhibit on sexuality around the animal kingdom. Let me tell you that there is absolutely nothing unique to Homo sapiens as far as sexual practices are concerned.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not so fast – how about BDSM? I doubt any animal besides humans gets off on pain.

      • Anonymous says:

        You have lost your bet. Please consider the common cat. Not only does the male bite the females neck while mating, the male’s spikey penis causes her great pain which stimulates ovulation. Sexy!

        Also… Only the SM part deals specifically with pain.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I doubt any animal besides humans gets off on pain.

        Apparently you are unfamiliar with cat sex.

      • doctorpsycho1960 says:

        Birds engage in “anting”, in which they use either ants or fire to irritate the skin under their feathers. Various utilitarian functions have been speculated, but the possibility that they just get off on it can’t be avoided: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anting_(bird_activity)

      • seanboing says:

        Sometimes dogs like to be spanked just above their tail on their back. They look at you and make little licks with their tongue, and squat down. They come back for more. Now tell me that isn’t sexual/pleasurable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmm. Nothing unique, eh? I think some of the things I’ve seen on 4chan would disagree with you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    re: Although, it is worth noting that this appears to be the first time that fellatio has been documented as a regular part of adult sex outside of humans.

    Not true! Bonobos are the obvious example– both sexes engage in oral sex (hetero & homo). But masturbation, oral sex, same sex coupling– all have examples outside of humans in the animal world!

  8. scifijazznik says:

    Fellatio By Fruitbat may just be the greatest band name of all time.

    Paging all gay-goth acts, destiny has found you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The video must be watched with sound on.

  10. SamSam says:

    Wow, how very, erm, romantic and erotic to know that when your girlfriend pleasures you, she may actually just be following an inbuilt instinct to clean your penis of bacteria…

  11. teknocholer says:

    In the acknowledgements:

    “We thank Guangpeng Wang (Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau)…”

  12. IonOtter says:

    Mary: What’s wrong, love?
    Bobby: I’m sorry, I just do it. I know those freaks are watching us, I just know it!
    Mary: Oh, don’t worry about it. This place is a little weird, but the food is yummy? And they let the others go once they mated?
    Bobby: I’m sorry, love…I…I can’t…it’s too much.
    Mary: Oh, poor dear. Here…let me help you…*giggle*
    Bobby: OooOErr?!
    Mary: Like that?
    Bobby: Uhmmm…I ah…I think I can see one of those things watching us…might need a bit more of that?
    Mary: *giggle*

  13. straponego says:

    Batjobs! Na na na na na na na na batjobs! Batjobs! Batjobs! Batjobs!

  14. cuvtixo says:

    The first few responses to this story is very revealing. I recently read “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach, and was really astonished on how little research has be done (or more specifically, published!) about sex in humans or mammals. It seems scientific funding is still ruled by old puritanical values. This sqeamishness is something we should have gotten over a long time ago.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hey, is that fellatio or cunnilingus? Looks to me like she’s giving herself a little lick in the bargain.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I just read the headline to my wife who immediately replied “I hope it’s fruit bat to fruit bat.”

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is purely anecdotal, but I’ve observed a male dog fellating another to orgasm.

    • Anonymous says:

      #42: I rented that video, too, but when I looked for it again at the Video Palace this morning it was out of stock. The guy behind the counter said to check back later as some pug was hosting a poker party and wanted some background noise playing on the TV.

  18. fruit says:

    Nice to see that, That’s what we call batjob :)

  19. vreiner says:

    #35 you said it yourself: The point (as it were) of the spiky cat penis is to induce ovulation, NOT to give pleasure. You imply that the female cat somehow enjoys the pain, but that doesn’t follow from your logic. Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t… did you ask her?

  20. Little John says:

    “As part of their attempt to prove a practical function for oral sex …”

    Scientists is the craziest folks.

  21. Praline says:

    Does anyone else find it disturbing that these batblowjob scientists think they’ve discovered a novel animal behaviour?
    (“the first large scale observational study of oral sex in non-humans”). That seems powerfully ignorant for fellatiologists. It’s like academic drug researchers who publish learned papers on psychoactive substances while remaining blissfully unaware of the gigantic non-scientific literature on drugs. No to mention that their personal experience of drugs begins and ends with caffeine and ethanol.

    My English-born emeritus professor stepfather suffers from this sort of cloisterism. At Christmas dinner, he looked my female 32-yr-old cousin straight in the eye and said “So, Miranda, what is the precise status of your pussy?”. (Her cat was at the vet). Not a clue what he was saying; his world consists exclusively of the laboratory, opera, and three NPR programs. Yet he is a world expert on psychoactive amines, among other things. And her knows even less about real-world drugs than he does about sex. Sheeesh…..

    • Brainspore says:

      Saying you’ve completed “the first large scale observational study” of a topic is hardly the same as claiming you’ve discovered it. I don’t think Alfred Kinsey ever claimed that he was the first guy to find out that people had sex.

      • Praline says:

        Point taken, brainspore. They do not claim to have “discovered” oral sex in non-human animals, but they do claim that “oral sex has rarely been recorded in non-human animals”. Is that really a reasonable statement? Or is it as if Kinsey claimed there was not much evidence for sex before he came along?

        • Brainspore says:

          I took that statement to mean “there hasn’t been much scientific literature on the subject of non-human fellatio.” If that was their intended meaning then they’re probably right.

          • Praline says:

            Brainspore: Well, I take them to mean what they said: oral sex has rarely been recorded in non-human animals. And this is demonstrably false. Even if you’re right, and it means ‘only in scientifically-approved form’, it’s still wrong, because the authors’ own references include works full of examples of animal oral sex. I find this hubristic ignorance disturbing, because it is the sort of blinkered expertise that leads, for example, to homosexuality being pathologized and placed in the DSM.

            The best solution is definitely to watch the video with the shagadelic sound on (thanks for the tip, #10). That is one pair of fruity, wacked-out, dorso-ventral-oral batsuckers!

          • Brainspore says:

            @Praline:

            Wow, you’ve got a real bone to pick with these guys (yuk!). It seems your main disagreement has to do with semantics more than anything else. Who is to decide what “rarely” really means in this field?

            In any case I wouldn’t be so hard on these researchers. If we were to use your “homosexuality as a pathology” metaphor, this would akin to one of the studies proving that the behavior was commonplace and normal which eventually led to homosexuality being dropped from the DSM rather than the biased notions that put it there.

          • Praline says:

            BrainSpore: The behavior these scientists claim is rare has been widely observed, as many previous commenters remark. Getting this backwards isn’t a matter of semantics; it’s a matter of TOTALLY WRONG!!! That’s fine in casual conversation, but in a scientific paper it is disturbing. The actual science in the paper is great–fascinating, and done with a sense of humor. But the smoke-blowing? Not so good.

          • Brainspore says:

            Praline: You’ve repeatedly misrepresented what the scientists wrote. Again, they never claimed the behavior was rare. The fact that you continue to say that they did tells me you don’t hold yourself to the same standards you hold others.

          • Praline says:

            brainspore: I meant “rarely observed”, not “rare”. Mea culpa.
            Here is the comment again, with elaboration.

            The behavior these scientists claim is rarely observed
            has in fact been widely observed, and their assertion is flatly refuted by their own references. This is more than a little disturbing to anyone who takes science seriously. Consider just one of the works cited by the bat-paper: “Biological Exuberance” by Bruce Bagemihl. This book has been praised by evolutionary biologists as a treasure-trove of data, and it includes numerous examples of animal oral sex–hedgehogs, orangs, the afore-mentioned manatees, chimps, gibbons, and bats, etc. etc. Bagemihl describes the behaviors and the evidence, much of which is well-known to those in the field.

            But rather than comment on all the data pertaining to animals and oral, the authors of the bat paper ignore the bulk of it, and make statements that suggest it doesn’t exist. This is very, very uncool. In the worst case, it provides the forces of evil a scientific source for claiming oral sex is deviant. “Scientists have been studying animals for centuries, and yet here is a peer-reviewed paper that clearly says this behavior has rarely been recorded. It is obviously deviant, and you, Mr and Mr perverted manatee, need hormone treatment to mend your sick ways.”

            An extreme case, but such things have been known to happen, with scientific support to back them up. When scientists contradict existing evidence, and provide no supporting evidence for the contradiction, they should be called out–loudly! It applies to scientists as well as spidermen: With great power comes great responsibility.

            In light of this, Brainspore, do you really see the assertion that “oral sex has rarely been recorded in non-human animals” as defensible?

        • SamSam says:

          Praline, you make it sound like everyone knows it’s going on all the time. But the only mention of fellatio in other species besides humans and fruit bats in the comments so far has been bonobos, which was also mentioned in the article.

          Do you know of many other examples? (Besides all the self-licking that cats and gerbils do, which even if it is sexual isn’t the same as one partner doing to another.)

          • Praline says:

            SamSam,
            Fellatio and cunnilingus in animals other than the beleaguered bonobo chimp? Here are a few examples… there is the common chimp (the other chimp in the Pan genus along with bonobos). They definitely blow each other every which way. If you prefer the lesser apes, there are siamang gibbons, who are known to fellate one another. As for sea-dwellers, consider the manatee, who goes in for the ever-popular soixante-neuf–so much better in the water, n’est-ce pas? And I don’t even want to imagine what the Flippers of the world get up to :) The list goes on and on. If you want to find literature on animals doing oral, whether hetero or homo, you will.

            I only wish the authors of this batjob paper (which is fascinating, for sure) had availed themselves of the wondrous body of ethological knowledge that is out there for those who care to look. Is that really asking too much?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I just fortunate hear the auther give a report about fruit bats, a very coolman.

  23. Anonymous says:

    after watching the video, maybe its to help lubricate it?

  24. firebus says:

    @#7 bonobos are mentioned in the article, but bonobo oral sex is dismissed as “juvenile play”. i have no idea if that’s a correct characterization

    it’s just a correlation – maybe it works the other way around and fellatio is a reward for the bat gentleman who can last longer. maybe the bad lady is saying “crap, is that thing still in there?”

  25. Anonymous says:

    I am exclusively dating bats from now on.

  26. MonkeyBoy says:

    When copulation was completed, the male licked his penis for several seconds. This self-licking occurred after all of 20 copulations, but was absent after three instances in which intromission failed to occur.

    Animals tend to do this. I don’t know if it is a check to see if they came or an attempt at having a clean crotch.

    My family had gerbils – two male and one female who appeared to be sterile. The males would regularly mount her (lasting all of two seconds) and then immediately give themselves a quick lick, and if they were still in the mood they would chase after her and repeat.

  27. Anonymous says:

    “The team concedes a need for further research…”

    Uh, we’re on the verge of something big here, but we’re gonna need some grant money, the cooperation of around 20 female undergrads, video cameras, recliners, and maybe some nice mood lighting.

  28. schuylerx says:

    All primates, many birds, whales and dolphins, snails and butterflies, dozens of fish, the octopus and squid, ruminants, cats & dogs and their wild cousins — you would have a shorter list if you enumerated species that have not (yet) been observed to practice oral sex. The situation is just the same with same-sex sex: most humans are in denial that they are animals, but they are sure animals share their little tribal taboos about which end it is licit to have sex with, so they pretend that Higher Animals become monogamous and heterosexual. If Nature can teach us anything, it is that the sex lives of all living things are fantastically varied, and reproduction is only one of its functions. Humans will only become good neighbors to other animals when they get over their own fear of their sexual nature.

  29. freemoore says:

    @straponego – thank you very much, I injured myself giggling at batjobs. Then licked myself clean.

  30. Stefan Jones says:

    #20: Don’t forget the inversion racks and bat costumes.

    What?

  31. Anonymous says:

    What non-human animals engage in DVDA?

  32. Anonymous says:

    I visited the Bronx zoo some years back.
    The largest gorilla I have ever seen was getting what appeared to be pretty good from a female.
    This is real. I may still have some photos somewhere

  33. Anonymous says:

    I think everyone talking about painful cat sex is taking it out of context. It isn’t like they’re doing it to get off, exactly. They’re doing it to ovulate. Cats are induced ovulators rather than having a normal estrous cycle, and the pain of sex triggers the release of an egg. This is advantageous for the cat as it is always ready for potential reproduction.

  34. daeward says:

    This is the best. And check out the final sentence of the article:

    “It is conceivable that the female manipulates the male by increasing sexual stimulation, so that she ultimately benefits.”

  35. dnafrequency says:

    Just how was that video NSFW? You can barely even tell what’s going on unless you’ve RTFA’d.

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