Battle of the sexes
From the sneaky to the surprisingly violent, meet the animals proving that the world of sex is far from black and white
Meet the animals proving the world of sex is far from black and white
Horned stags, bright male birds, cows with udders; dividing animals into male and female can seem easy. However, as is often the case with the natural world, sex isn’t always that simple. There are the hermaphrodites – simultaneous hermaphrodites, with both male and female sex organs, and sequential hermaphrodites, going through a complete sex change – and there are those for whom simply pretending to be the other sex is enough. When it comes to gender, the animal world is nothing if not fluid.