Every physical characteristic your cat has contributes to survival. The barbs on a male cat's penis are no exception. They help ensure that his genes are passed on through successful mating.
The strangest penises on earth are located within the confines of this marvelous list. Peruse the penises of animals from all walks of life to see how unique their units are. You will not believe the shapes you will see, the sizes you will read about, and the uses you will learn about.
Procreating is serious business in the animal kingdom, and Mother Nature has gone out of her way to cleverly ensure the survival of her many, many denizens. From sex organs with multiple heads to prodigious shafts exceeding an animal's own body length, here are 12 of the weirdest and often scariest animal penises on the planet:. But what makes this soft-bodied marine mollusk particularly different is its ability to grow a new penis within 24 hours.
Author's note: The following originally appeared as a guest post at A Primate of Modern Aspect and subsequently formed the basis for a technical comment published by Nature co-authored with John Hawks. This post is also notable in that it began my collaboration with artist Nathaniel Gold. There is very little known about the reign of Pope Benedict III except that clerics were generally satisfied with his testicles. Upon his coronation in AD God's chosen messenger on Earth sat in a special chair resembling an ancient commode while the Holy See checked to make sure that the papacy was indeed infallible.
Male ducks have corkscrew-shaped penises. Female kangaroos have three vaginas. Male rhesus macaque monkeys will " pay " to see female rhesus macaques' bottoms.
The last few weeks here at Sabi Sabi have been filled with mating cats. Both the leopards and lions have been at it. We have had the Kruger males mating with three of the older females of the Southern Pride.
Customer Service for Subscribers. From the cat clitoris to the cat penis, we demystify everything you want to know but might be afraid to ask! So here are some of the things I learned about cat genitalia:.
All rights reserved. Men have lost the DNA code that once made human penises spiny, according to a new analysis of the human genome. Penile spines, which are still present in several modern animals, are usually small barbs of keratin—a type of hard tissue—that line the outside of the organ. The prehistoric male enhancement existed in the common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans, which lived about six million years ago, according to the gene analysis.
Lions have very high copulation rates. The female may mate approximately every 15 minutes when she is in heat for three days and nights without sleeping, and sometimes with five different males. This often leads to physical exhaustion of males when only a one or two are involved.
For humans and for certain other animals recreational sex can be highly enjoyable. Even procreative sex among primates and some mammals is thought to provide pleasure for the participants. But for many animal species that's just not the case. And yet, sex doesn't need to be fun — or even pain-free — to fulfill its biological purpose.