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50 Shades of Prey: Sexual Domination in the Animal Kingdom

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50 Shades of Grey is of course all the rage in the literary world -- and has spread to mainstream society, prompting people to open up about their kinky desires like never before. Sexual domination may have been a subject that's stayed behind closed doors until now, but in the animal kingdom, it's always been out in the open. 
 
Here are three species that make Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey look tame!
 
Ducks
 
Rape is not typically something you associate with cute ducks who bob along the surface of the water at the local pond.  So it’s a shock to discover that male ducks are the rapists of the bird world. Often, a gang of three or four of them attacks a female duck, sometimes resulting in her injury or death.  While ducks are not the only species in the Animal Kingdom to display aggressive sexual behavior, they are the most aggressive of bird species.
 
Why? Well since male ducks don’t share in the raising of their offspring, their programming doesn’t include protecting the mother of their children. Their real interest is in copulating with as many females as they can. 
 
Another reason ducks are wired so differently from the 97 percent of bird species who have consensual sex?  The answer is that males, also known as drakes, are among the 3 percent of birds with a penis. On theory notes that aquatic birds may need penises to prevent their semen from being washed away.
 
Anglerfish
 
Anglerfish are deep sea creatures living at the bottom of the ocean where it’s dark, and hard to see. So, the female anglerfish has a spiny appendage and a glowing lure on the end of her nose to attract other fish—the kind she eats. However, her glow has another useful function: attracting the males for sex.
 
From a human point-of-view, the huge female anglerfish is, shall we say, hideous looking, but to a male anglerfish, she is the most desirable thing he’s ever seen. Once he ends his search and finds his true love, he holds onto her for life by biting into her body and releasing an enzyme that digests his skin, fusing the two together.(OMG!). His blood supply is directly linked into hers so that she provides all his nourishment for the rest of his life. The tiny male is born without a digestive system of his own, so he has to find a female quickly after birth—or he’ll die.
 
And what does the female anglerfish get out of the pain and feeding of this parasitic lump for the rest of her life? Sex. Sex on demand. The male anglerfish provides sperm whenever there are eggs that need to be fertilized.
 
Bees
 
Virgin queen bees who survive to adulthood without being killed by their rivals will select about a dozen male drones from tens of thousands of eligible suitors and go on a mating flight. These chosen few get a crack at having their way with the Queen.

The thanks one of the drones gets for being successful is that his sperm-transferring member explodes and snaps off inside the Queen. The male dies from being disemboweled. What can possibly be the justification for this? Well, the penis acts as a genital plug guaranteeing that other male drones don’t get to fertilize her. 
 
 
 
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