Some female penguins engage in prostitution. Performing sex act in exchange for pebbles. However, sometimes they will just trick the male into thinking they’ll have sex, then run off once she gets the pebble.
Wildlife experts witnessed the practice among the Adelie penguins of the Antarctic coast.
Adelies build their nests from stones, which are therefore highly prized at breeding time in colonies.
The young males who have not yet found a mate are doubtless sexually frustrated, collect piles of the best stones, with which they buy sexual favours from the breeding females.
Dr Fiona Hunter, a researcher in the Zoology Department at Cambridge University, explained the single male penguins appear to have only their own pleasure as a motive, while all of the female penguins she observed trading sex for stones had partners.
Penguins stick to the same mate, she said, but none of the males twigged what was happening.
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