Common sense? Lea Salonga tells Pacquiao 1,500 species of animals practice homosexuality

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  • Acclaimed actress slams Pacquiao’s contention that animals don’t have same-s*x relations
  • She points out homosexuality can be found in 1,500 species of animals
  • Figure is based on a 2006 study by a Norwegian university

MANILA, Philippines – With Manny Pacquiao being criticized for saying even animals have the common sense not to engage in same-s*x relations, acclaimed actress Lea Salonga took to Twitter to debunk his contention.

“Homosexuality is found in 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now” read one of the posts on her feed.

Later, Salonga corrected her figure.

“Actually, homosexuality is practiced by around 1,500 species. Not 450. My bad,” she tweeted.

Unlike some celebrities, Salonga refused to mention whether she’d still be rooting for the boxer or not.

“I’m keeping my PH election choices close to the chest. At this point, it’s actually too early to decide,” read her tweet.

While Salonga did not mention her source, the figure apparently came from the University of Oslo’s Norwegian Natural History Museum which put up an exhibit on animal homosexuality in 2006.

According to the exhibit’s academic advisor Petter Boeckman, the prevailing conventional thought of homosexuality being an aberrant behavior among animals is misplaced.

“We’re talking about everything from mammals to crabs and worms. The actual number is of course much higher. Among some animals homosexual behaviour is rare, some having s*x with the same gender only a part of their life, while other animals, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, homosexuality is practiced throughout their lives,” he said.

Instead, Boeckman said the thinking about homosexuality should be the other way around.

“To turn the approach on its head: No species has been found in which homosexual behaviour has not been shown to exist, with the exception of species that never have s*x at all, such as sea urchins and aphis. Moreover, a part of the animal kingdom is hermaphroditic, truly bisexual. For them, homosexuality is not an issue,” he said.