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London's Natural History Museum Is Getting Wild

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For those in the London area still struggling to find the perfect date for Valentine's Day, maybe consider showing your loved one some wild sex at the Natural History Museum!

It's not as dirty as it sounds, we're talking about animal sex!

And it's not as dirty as that sounds either…

"Sexual Nature" at the London Natural History Museum explores the diverse ways in which animals have evolved to procreate, such as a snail's love darts, the detachable penis of the paper nautilus, or the outsized testes of the promiscuous chimp.

Sounds fascinating! We're curious to learn how a detachable penis comes in handy.

The exhibition, which asks visitors "to leave their preconceptions at the door", opens this Friday.

Anyone is welcome on one condition, as Tate Greenhalgh says:

"We ask people to be open-minded when looking at potentially surprising, maybe shocking things that animals do that would be outlawed in human society."

And no giggling when you're greeted by a video projection of bonobo apes having sex — sometimes with a baby clinging on the back, or midway through munching a pineapple.

While we can't promise a few chuckles won't escape, we think this sounds like an exciting and educational exhibit that we hope comes to a museum in the United States in the future.

[Image via WENN.]

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