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11-26-08, 09:26 AM #1
Zoo's attempt to force polar bears to gay-marry fails
Puzzled zookeepers in northern Japan have discovered the reason why their attempts to mate two polar bears kept failing: Both are female.
A 4-year-old polar bear sent to impregnate a female polar bear at a zoo in Kushiro was found to be female as well.
The municipal zoo in the city of Kushiro in Hokkaido brought in a polar bear cub three years ago. They named it Tsuyoshi, after the popular baseball outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo, and waited until it reached reproductive age.
In June, the zoo introduced Tsuyoshi to its resident bear, an 11-year-old female named Kurumi, and waited for sparks to fly.
But much to the disappointment of zookeepers, Tsuyoshi never made any amorous advances toward Kurumi.
Earlier this month, zookeepers put Tsuyoshi under anesthesia to get to the bottom of the matter. That's when they made their discovery: Tsuyoshi is a female.
Still, the Kushiro zoo plans to keep Tsuyoshi because he -- or rather, she -- has become immensely popular with visitors.
"I have rather mixed feelings, given the need for breeding, but Tsuyoshi is an idol for Kushiro," Yoshio Yamaguchi, head of the Kushiro zoo, told Japan's Kyodo news agency.
Tsuyoshi will even keep her name.
"We will not be changing it to 'Tsuyoko' since it is loved by citizens (by the current name)," Yamaguchi said.
"Ko" is a common suffix for a Japanese female name.
Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi's "brother," who was adopted by another zoo, has also turned out to be female, Kyodo reported.
11-26-08, 04:19 PM #2
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11-26-08, 04:30 PM #3
You mean to tell me they have to put the poor thing under anesthesia to figure out it was not a male. Didn't any one tell them Male Polar Bears have Penises.
Maybe they should resort to artificial insemination, that is if they can find a male to donate.
By the way the Bronx Zoo, has one lonely male Polar Bear in captivity, maybe they can hook him up!
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11-26-08, 10:38 PM #4
11-26-08, 11:05 PM #5
Alright, smartasses... YOU go in that cage and get close enough to search the fur for a pecker...
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11-26-08, 11:32 PM #6
11-27-08, 10:47 PM #7
So even a polar bear who had short comings in the pecker department it still would have had some visible male anatomy!
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best arguement will be why didnt they check wen they transportrd the bear to that zoo
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