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Dogs, Whales and Men

08 Dec

My friend was outraged. The proud owner of two enthusiastic Great Danes, a mother-son duo, he’d looked forward to the male’s first official date. The breeder had shown up with an attractive female of acceptable pedigree in tow and they’d solemnly escorted the pair up to the terrace where the excited young male chased the puzzled female around for a bit.

Problem was, my friend’s dog was the runt of his litter. In fact, I think that’s why he got to stay behind with his mom – nobody wanted a Great Dane who was merely as tall as they were instead of one that towered over them. This made absolutely no difference to my friend and his family, of course. They loved him for who he was, not for a checklist of points in some breeder’s manual.

But when confronted with his new ladyfriend, certain truths had to be faced. He might have a delightful personality but he was simply too short for the job. The only way he was getting laid was if the girlfriend lay down out of pity… and she clearly wasn’t that kind of girl.

“We have another option,” said the breeder, conveying the sad news to my disappointed friend. “I could help him.”

What, get him a crate to stand on and hope she didn’t move?

“No, no,” said the breeder. “I can get a specimen from him. It’ll only take a minute.”

“He wanted to molest my dog!” my friend reported, aghast and ashen-faced. “The dirty motherfucker wanted to jerk my dog off! What kind of sick bastard suggests something like that? I threw him out of the house and told him never to come back!”

I don’t know what happened after that – for all I know, that particular dog now has a pack of half-breed puppies running around town, fathered on more convenient, shorter females. Or maybe they fixed it so he’s a lifelong bachelor. Who knows? But he certainly wasn’t depositing samples into some breeder’s test tube. Or whatever it is breeders use. (Silk handkerchiefs? Stockings? Flannel? Do I really want to know? No.)

I do remember thinking that it was a good thing my friend wasn’t born on a farm or a ranch with a breeding program because horses, cows and pigs get regularly touched in their no-no area by white-coated professionals in the faster, bigger, better business. But I guess knowing that artificial insemination exists is quite different from seeing it practiced on the pet you raised from its birth.

Like zoo animals. Let’s not forget zoo animals. Artificial insemination is the cornerstone of many a conservation effort carried out by modern zoos. It’s not always possible to satisfactorily matchmake between polar bears or giant pandas or komodo dragons… or orcas.

Tommy Lee’s letter about harvesting sperm from killer whales got my attention for the amount of time he spends obsessing about the method of extraction. Like, what did he expect? What would be a better way of getting sperm from a giant whale? They could:

  • Stand at the poolside and throw a big specimen jar into the water where the whale could deposit his business like a gentleman with opposable thumbs
  • Use a device made with synthetic fibers so the icky cross-species touching (of which neither is aware since the cow is dead, unless some unfortunate bovine is running around the United States without a vagina in which case, Jesus! forget the whale, let’s save that poor cow! or even worse, it’s a live cow with a cootchie full of hot water, and you know what? I’m going to stop right now. And the whale doesn’t know because… well, it’s a fucking whale. If it ever sees a cow*, it’ll eat it and ask questions later) doesn’t occur
  • Offer to pay $20, payable in Soylent Green or whatever it is that killer whales eat
  • Get them drunk
  • Advertise along the international killer whale route for volunteer orcas.

I don’t know if his problem is with Sea World keeping whales in a pool to perform tricks for children, or the whales being masturbated at all, or Tilikum in particular being treated as the “sperm bank”, or the method employed.

*Actually, the “cow” in question is, I think, a female orca. Which is fucked up in its own necrophiliac way but imagining a whale getting with the kind of cow that goes “Moo!” is even more screwy, so that’s what I’ll go for.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Celebrity, Life, News, Newsmakers, Video

 

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12 responses to “Dogs, Whales and Men

  1. Beth

    December 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I have a friend with a DVM who worked at the national zoo. She can tell you way, way, WAY more about any of this than you could ever wish to know.

     
  2. dustdevil.liz

    December 9, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I was at the local stock show (where they show and sell cattle/sheep/horses) a few years back, and it occurred to me that most of the animals there were probably bred via artificial insemination.

     
  3. CheeC

    December 9, 2010 at 4:19 am

    About the link with Lee doing a slam dunk clutching his junk…they should’ve totally captioned that pic Moby Dick (talk about a whale of an opportunity, wasted)!!!

     
  4. Leia

    December 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    somehow all i can think of right now is Roald Dahl’s “My Uncle Oswald” :-)

     
  5. le embrouille blogueur (leb)

    December 10, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Ha ha ha … I would have never guessed that this could be a topic of such a serious hearted post. It boasts of “statistics” of all kinds and methods totally unknown to me till right now. Bravo. Guess this is no birds and bees talk :)

     
  6. subroto

    December 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    the prince of whales does have a few problems to ..er..overcome

     
    • CheeC

      December 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      subroto: Such a fine bit of Friday commentary. Ooo-whee!! :-D

       
  7. Lushfun

    December 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I look forward to a post titled “Sharks, Cows, and Women”

     
  8. AKM

    December 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I want some of what you’re smoking.

     
  9. subroto

    December 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Hey thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. If you can, do read about Ludwig Van Meethoven, who I am happy to say is a part of uncyclopedia now or on my blog

     
  10. memsaab

    December 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I love the way your mind works. That is all.

     
  11. Amrita

    December 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    @Beth – I dont know what this says about me but I would probably want to hear it!

    @dustdevil.liz – yup, while the world was debating test tubing babies, big cattle was feeding them to you!

    @CheeC – you should leave him a comment about that! :D

    @leia – AHAHAHAHHA! Argh, make it stop.

    @leb – when i think of the uncomfortable little speech my poor confused mother gave me on the subject, which i ended up correcting halfway through btw, i can safely say this is far from a birds and bees talk :D

    @Lushfun – I think I already wrote that one! One of the posts on menstruation probably.

    @AKM – hee hee!

    @subroto – I DID read it!

    @memsaab – it canbe a disturbing place sometimes but it’s the only one I got so… :D

     
 
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