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German Zoo Forces Gay Vultures to Mate With Females

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(Nov. 26) -- German zookeepers are forcing two male vultures who prefer nesting together to mate with females, sparking outrage from gay rights activists who accuse the zoo of discriminating against birds of a different feather.

The trouble began back in March, when Guido and Detlef, two Griffon vultures, decided to move in together. The lovebirds began crafting a two-man nest out of stray twigs in a communal birdcage at their zoo in the town of Munster, in northwest Germany.

Both birds are predatory males, but seemed to enjoy one another's company more than that of any female. They spent their days grooming one another with their beaks and fortifying their nest -- though other vultures occasionally stole their building materials, as if to spite them.

"They always sat so closely together. They defended their nest from the other vultures," the zoo's curator, Dirk Wewers, told The Daily Telegraph of Australia.

But Wewers explains their preference for one another as second-best. "A suitable female was missing and in such a case vultures look for companionship from the next best thing, even if it is a male," the zookeeper said. "Detlef looked for a bird of the opposite sex but settled with Guido."
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How the heck would you force a vulture to like girl vultures?
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How the heck would you force a vulture to like girl vultures?
I would get banned if I would show you..............................


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sparking outrage from gay rights activists who accuse the zoo of discriminating against birds of a different feather.


That's how you get taken seriously.
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Ok...I find the whole thing pretty ludicrous, but the activists are really up in arms over this? Really? Shouldn't they be worrying about discrimination towards gay HUMAN BEINGS rather than frickin gay vultures?

And on another note, I think it's pretty selfish of the activists to put up a fuss about the fact that the scientists are trying to prolong the species. I can only assume that these particular vultures are at least somewhat endangered if the scientists are actively trying to get them to mate. The activists would prefer the vultures go extinct rather than put aside their cause?
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How the heck would you force a vulture to like girl vultures?
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Ok...I find the whole thing pretty ludicrous, but the activists are really up in arms over this? Really? Shouldn't they be worrying about discrimination towards gay HUMAN BEINGS rather than frickin gay vultures?
That's like trying to tell PETA they should be concerned about human rights.
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That's like trying to tell PETA they should be concerned about human rights.
No it's not. PETA specifically fights for animal rights. They aren't interested whatsoever in human rights. They're an animal organization. The article didn't mention anything about this group being an animal rights group. It said it was a gay rights group. I can only assume that they're a human gay rights group since, unless I'm mistaken, there are no animal gay rights groups.

This is like Jesse Jackson suddenly going to bat for crows and ravens just because they're black.
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Re: German Zoo Forces Gay Vultures to Mate With Females

My thinking is, if they want baby vultures, they can use artificial insemination, and let these two fellows stay together. Not for "gay rights", but just because it's the decent way to treat the animals.

It's not like this is something that never happens in the wild.

There are plenty of reported instances of "bachelor friends" in many species. Most notable were a pair of male lions that kept housekeeping together.

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