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Same-sex behavior among animals is being underreported, study finds

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Same-sex sexual behavior is more prevalent among animals than previously thought, according to a new study. Researchers found that experts who study animal behavior often underreport and rarely publish their observations of same-sex sexual behavior. The study surveyed 65 experts and found that 77% of them observed same-sex behavior, but only 48% collected data on these behaviors and even fewer published papers on them. The perception that same-sex sexual behavior is rare in the animal kingdom has been used in debates about the ethics of human homosexuality. This study reveals that the behavior is in fact widespread and natural in the animal kingdom.