Video of monkeys mating with deer in Japan raises serious questions
Tokyo : Monkeys mating with Deers at the Meiji Memorial Forest located outside the city of Minoo in central Japan have left scientists in split.
According to a report by News Leader, it is not new but the monkeys and deer in this forest area share a very strange relationship.
In the video below, young female macaques can be seen climbing on top of sika deer, and moving their hips in a way best described as grinding. They also bite the deer and even pull on their antlers.
More than once, when a deer would walk away, “the female monkeys often displayed sexually motivated tantrums which consist of crouching on the ground, body spasms and screaming, while gazing at the deer,” scientists reportedly wrote in a peer-review study.
The findings from the study have been published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Scientists believe that the deer’s tolerance for such behavior, was likely due to “potential hygienic benefits” from the monkeys grooming their backs and heads.