Conservative Polish politician Michal Grzes, a councilor in the city of Ponzan, has spoken out against his local zoo for acquiring a male elephant Grzes characterizes as “gay.”
“We didn’t pay 37 million zlotys (£7.6m) for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there,” said Grzes. “We were supposed to have a herd, but as Ninio prefers male friends over females how will he produce offspring?”
Ninio, a 10-year-old elephant, is still four years shy of full elephantine sexual maturity. Still, Grzes is unsettled by reports that the elephant behaves aggressively toward females, and affectionately toward males.
Despite Grze’s protestations, the outing has been somewhat of a boon for Poznan. According to one source, “Visitors have been flocking to a zoo in the western Polish city of Poznan to catch a glimpse of an elephant, who it is claimed is homosexual, Polish media said.” Despite the gay tourism, “Grzes said that if Nino does not alter his behavior and breed, he will become ‘dead weight’ for the zoo. He is currently being kept separate from the other animals.”