Biologically Inappropriate Mating Objects

One of the topics I cover in Elephants on Acid is experiments with animals who exhibit mating behavior toward "biologically inappropriate objects." For instance, during the 1950s, Martin Schein and Edgar Hale of the University of Pennsylvania conducted a series of experiments to determine what objects would elicit a sexual response from male turkeys. They discovered that all you have to do is show a male turkey a severed turkey head on a stick, and the dim-witted birds would invariably try to mate with it. And researchers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center created a "hypersexual cat" who attempted to mate with "a small and rather friendly dog," an old hen, and a rhesus monkey. (I have photographic documentation of these experiments in the book.)

These following stories don't have anything to do with hoaxes, but they did remind me of the experiments in my book:

Lusty Camel Kills Woman
An Australian woman was killed by a pet camel she had received for her 60th birthday when the camel knocked her to the ground, lay on top of her, and began trying to mate with her. Earlier the same camel had almost killed the family's pet goat by trying to have sex with it. I'd say they've got a problem with that camel.

Man Arrested For Sex Acts With Traffic Signs
Proving that no matter how odd the mating behavior of animals is, the behavior of humans is always stranger, police arrested a Sioux Falls man who had amassed a large collection of videos of himself "engaged in masturbation and sex acts with traffic signs near his home."


Posted on Mon Aug 20, 2007


The notion that the Australian woman was "humped to death" sound totally speculative to me.
Posted by mara  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  04:55 PM
"... engaged in masturbation and sex acts with traffic signs near his home."

Is that illegal in Sioux Falls?
If so, why?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Boca Chica, Texas  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  05:29 PM
"... He is being held in the Minnehaha County jail ..."

I'm not making this up.

Well, anyway, I guess we know what the next hot videos all over the Internet will be.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Boca Chica, Texas  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  05:32 PM
urg... reminds me of the scene in the film "The Animal" where Rich Schneider humps a mailbox... BTW, the antibot keyword I was given for this thread was "comes"... no cooincidence, I'm sure...
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  06:16 PM
I don't know if this counts, but I did hear of a dog that had a three-month sexual relationship with an armchair in a British Army post in Northern Ireland.
Posted by Dale Irwin  in  Waiheke Island, New Zealand  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  10:07 AM
Turkeys are actually sweet and intelligent birds (though apparently not so much as chickens.) Ask anybody who's known one and treated him/her right!
Posted by Canaduck  on  Mon Nov 12, 2007  at  02:32 AM
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