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Mounting lesbian guinea pig?

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Hi, I have had 2 female guinea pigs for a few years now. One is an offspring of the other. Both have given birth. Just recently, I notice that the younger one humps her mom-- a lot. Why is this happening? Is there something I should do?
 

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There are no lesbian guinea pigs. The younger pig is either asserting her dominance over her mom or she's in heat.
 

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Oh my I thought I had heard it all!! Really? Lesbian GP's? I mean they all do this, males and females in the assertion of dominance. That was a funny title though.
 

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Yes both males and females will mount to assert their dominance over others.
 
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My female dogs do that to each other the time as a power struggle. It's a dominance thing.
 

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There are no lesbian guinea pigs. The younger pig is either asserting her dominance over her mom or she's in heat.

I know that this behavior is not about their sexuality and that it is about dominance, but how do you know that there are no lesbian guinea pigs?
 

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Wow, this is so funny. Many guinea-pigs do that to show who's the boss.



Well, since we explained this to you already, why on earth do you still think there are lesbian piggies?
 

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I know that this behavior is not about their sexuality and that it is about dominance, but how do you know that there are no lesbian guinea pigs?

Guinea pigs and animals for that matter are different than humans. Their drive to mate is not based on looks/appearance or other qualities, it is based upon things such as strengthening a species (selective breeding) or just simply to provide offspring. There is no such thing as a homosexual animal.
 

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Guinea pigs and animals for that matter are different than humans. Their drive to mate is not based on looks/appearance or other qualities, it is based upon things such as strengthening a species or just simply to provide offspring. There is no such thing as a homosexual animal.



And for all of the people who think their dogs are homosexual (like that expensive racehorse on the news a while back), they know nothing about animal behavior.
 

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While the instinct of an animal is to mate in order to further the species, I don't think that we can say that homosexuality absolutely doesn't exist in some aspect in at least some species. Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate Also Google "homosexual penguins" for several accounts in a German zoo and Central Park Zoo recently

However in this case it's most certainly dominance :)
 

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While the instinct of an animal is to mate in order to further the species, I don't think that we can say that homosexuality absolutely doesn't exist in some aspect in at least some species. Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate Also Google "homosexual penguins" for several accounts in a German zoo and Central Park Zoo recently

However in this case it's most certainly dominance :)

I agree with this but would also again add one or both of them being in heat throws things all off too. Many female animals will mount each other when one is in heat, and it isn't necessarily a dominance thing at that time.
 

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My Black abby, pheobe used to do this. it is a thing for dominence, she is the alpha she gets to push her sister around. although i think its a funny way to show dominence it's ;ike," i'll pretend to mate with you because im da boss!"
 

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Guinea pigs and animals for that matter are different than humans. Their drive to mate is not based on looks/appearance or other qualities, it is based upon things such as strengthening a species (selective breeding) or just simply to provide offspring. There is no such thing as a homosexual animal.

I completely disagree, there have been numerous studies (not necessarily about guinea pigs) on homosexual animals.
 

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While the instinct of an animal is to mate in order to further the species, I don't think that we can say that homosexuality absolutely doesn't exist in some aspect in at least some species. Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate Also Google "homosexual penguins" for several accounts in a German zoo and Central Park Zoo recently

However in this case it's most certainly dominance :)

Scientific America had a fantastic artical on this a while back. There are many animals who elect to choose same sex mates even when opposite sex partners are available and there are actually very clear reasons as to why this happens and why it's evalutionarily benificial to the species. Largely these behaviors are in birds, large mammels and I recall one species of lizard that's evolved to no longer have male members. That said I don't think any of the instances happened in rodents but for further reading see:

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(unfortunitely the latter artical which is VERY extensive I think you have to be a subscriber to get).
 

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I agree with this but would also again add one or both of them being in heat throws things all off too. Many female animals will mount each other when one is in heat, and it isn't necessarily a dominance thing at that time.

Good point. My girls don't mount each other, but yes, many have reported that their females do mount each other when in heat
 

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Largely these behaviors are in birds, large mammels and I recall one species of lizard that's evolved to no longer have male members. That said I don't think any of the instances happened in rodents but for further reading see:

I haven't read a ton on the subject, but the articles that I have read do seem to usually involve birds. I think it's fascinating.
 

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The point is that HER TWO guinea-pigs are most likely not homosexual. Not penguins, not other birds, not lizards, but her own pigs (although, you may be on to something). Suki, there's nothing you can do, really. Just wait it off.
 

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Scientific America had a fantastic artical on this a while back. There are many animals who elect to choose same sex mates even when opposite sex partners are available and there are actually very clear reasons as to why this happens and why it's evalutionarily benificial to the species. Largely these behaviors are in birds, large mammels and I recall one species of lizard that's evolved to no longer have male members. That said I don't think any of the instances happened in rodents but for further reading see:

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(unfortunitely the latter artical which is VERY extensive I think you have to be a subscriber to get).
I completely disagree, there have been numerous studies (not necessarily about guinea pigs) on homosexual animals.

But this is not homosexuality, JD. You said so yourself by stating that it has to do with evolving the species. Jordan, jomosexuality is different than that because it tends to be based upon feelings and emotions such as love. Animals do not feel the way that we do, they are proven to have different emotions because of their "wild" hormones.
 

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I'm human, and my hormones are plenty wild, thankyouverymuch, LOL.
 

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But this is not homosexuality, JD. You said so yourself by stating that it has to do with evolving the species. Jordan, jomosexuality is different than that because it tends to be based upon feelings and emotions such as love. Animals do not feel the way that we do, they are proven to have different emotions because of their "wild" hormones.

The definition of homosexuality is simply "sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex."

If animals are choosing the companionship of another animal of the same sex, it is homosexual behavior. It's true that it's not on the same level as humans, but neither is heterosexual behavior in animals.
 
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