- Feb 10, 2005
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- Western Australia
Found this in an online newspaper
A POLISH politician has attacked his local zoo for buying an elephant he believes to be gay.
Michal Grzes, a councillor for the right-wing Law and Justice Party, complained that the "pink" elephant, named Ninio, was aggressive towards females but affectionate to males, and claimed the animal was undermining plans to build a herd at Poznan zoo in western Poland.
"We didn't pay 37 million zloty ($11 million) for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there," Mr Grzes said.
"We were supposed to have a herd, but as Ninio prefers male friends over females, how will he produce offspring?"
Ninio has had to change zoos three times in the past five years because of his hostility to females, and has been sent from Poznan to Warsaw, then to Budapest and back to Poznan.
"He only liked his buddies and hit the cows with his trunk, and was very disrespectful on the whole," fumed Mr Grzes, who said Ninio would become "dead weight" unless he lifted his game and began breeding.
The Law and Justice Party once tried to ban gay rights parades in Poland, and has a record of hostility on homosexual issues.
However, zoologists say same-sex bonding is common in the animal world, and the head of Poznan zoo said it was too early to make definitive conclusions about Ninio's orientation.
The African bush elephant is only 10 years old, and will not reach full sexual maturity until 14.
In the meantime, the criticism of Ninio's behaviour has had a surprise upside for the zoo, leading to an influx of visitors curious about a gay pachyderm.