Gay penguins foster a chick
4th June 2009
Animals are big news whether it’s the homosexual penguins, beavers being re-introduced to Scotland or kangaroos being rescued by surfers. We seem to be fascinated by animal stories.
That’s the conclusion of sociologists from Geneva University who have been studying how the media covers animal stories.
As well as surfers coming to the aid of kangaroos and beavers being re-introduced in Scotland, we have covered polar bears moving house, bees under threat in the Alps and a Swiss cow that died twice here on PlanetSKI.
Judging by the hits these stories get readers seems to like them.
The Swiss project was funded by Switzerland’s Federal Veterinary Office in an effort to help officials understand society’s attitudes towards animals and how they are used in the media.
From 1978 – 1988, the researchers found an average of 128 stories a week that touched on animal topics in a sample of Swiss newspapers.
From 1997 – 2007 the stories went up to 187 per week.The sociologists concluded that people are moving away from a view of seeing animals as dominated by society. Instead, humans see animals as being part of nature and in more need of protection.
“There is more awareness about the mixing of the worlds and that it is linked to this broader ecological perspective,” said one of the researchers.
Here on PlanetSKI we’ll continue to bring you animal stories – one we are looking at plans for Switzerland to re-introduce the brown bear to the Alps.
We will hopefully have that for you by the weekend once we have heard back from an environmental group.
By the way if you are wondering about the 2 homosexual penguins in a German zoo who hatched a chick and are now its adoptive parents then see more here!