Harmoni. Age: 32.
German emergency services called out to attend to nighttime disturbances are increasingly finding themselves confronted with copulating hedgehogs. People are calling the German emergency number to complain about noises they typically put down to neighbours having unacceptably loud sex or to injured animals crying out for help. The spread of the hashtag igelsex hedgehog sex on social media reveals the disturbances sometimes have a less predictable source. Recently police in Augsburg were called to a primary school one night after suspicious noises were heard in the playground and a security light was activated.
Kayla. Age: 29.
Germans complain they are being kept up at night by noisy hedgehogs having hours-long sex
By William Cole For Mailonline. German police being called out to loud night-time disturbances are having to deal with some prickly intruders - mating hedgehogs. Emergency services across the country have received dozens of noise complaints via the German in the belief that either their neighbours are having unacceptably loud sex or an animal has been seriously injured. But increasingly more often, they are finding hedgehogs mating, and creating irritatingly loud sounds.
Breanna. Age: 26.
The internet is obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog's muscular, sculpted sex legs
For these mammals, there is documented evidence of homosexual behavior of one or more of the following kinds: sexual behaviorcourtshipaffectionpair bondingor parenting. Bruce Bagemihl writes that the presence of same-sex sexual behavior was not officially observed on a large scale until the s due to possible observer bias caused by social attitudes towards LGBT people, which made homosexuality in animals a taboo subject. They must realise that animals can have sex with who they will, when they will and without consideration to a researcher's ethical principles ". Homosexual behavior is found amongst social birds and mammalsparticularly the sea mammals and the primates.
How did animals like sharks and skates evolve claspers—paired penislike organs found on male pelvic fins—like the ones seen on the male skate on the left? For years, their origin has remained an evolutionary mystery, but now, a new study suggests that regulation of the genetic circuit known as the Sonic hedgehog Shh pathway by sex hormones may be the answer. A team of researchers started by rearing little skate Leucoraja erinacea eggs in the lab. After comparing male and female embryos, they observed that claspers start to form in males during a late phase of pelvic fin development.