This Morning viewer calls up ITV show to find out if her pet rabbit is a lesbian
This Morning fans were left stunned when a viewer rang up the show to ask whether her rabbit was a lesbian.
Hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary were chatting to the show's resident vet, Dr Scott Miller, about all things animal-related when Yvette from Essex called in for some help.
The caller, from Essex, wanted to ask the vet why one of her two female rabbits kept mounting the other one.
She said to Dr Scott: "It's a little awkward – two girls, two sisters so obviously same litter, got them when they were about nine or 10 weeks old."
Yvette told the vet that she'd separated the bunnies after they had a fight when they were 12 weeks old.
Now they're 21 weeks old, one appears to be making advances on the other.
She said: "Now at 21 weeks the little brown one, which is called Hovis, is mounting Willow, the white one, continually and chasing her around the run."
Dr Scott revealed to the viewer that animals can be gay, but it's more likely to be a territorial issue between the sibling rabbits.
He told Yvette: "A lot of animals can be gay, about 1,500 species of animals are known to show homosexual behaviour so it's all very, very natural.
"Love is love, but in this particular case it is territoriality – if you think of your two animals as two sisters, sharing the same room are going to fight, aren't they?
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"They're going to fight and they're going to want a bit of extra space and female rabbits, more than male rabbits, are the most territorial as they’re the ones who are going to protect their burrow."
The doctor also said that getting the rabbits neutered would probably calm them down.
He said: "Certainly I do believe that by neutering them you take away that hormonal need to protect their environment but that is very much a territorial thing and I do believe that once those hormones dissipate those sisters will start behaving and being nice to each other."
Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on Yvette's question.
One said: "Just turned This Morning on and saw the tag line 'is my rabbit a lesbian?' I love this show".
"'Is my rabbit a lesbian' I'M SO GLAD I LOOKED UP FROM MY PHONE FOR THAT THANK YOU THIS MORNING".
While another penned: "Nearly spat my coffee out this morning when I looked up and saw on the tv 'is my rabbit a lesbian'".
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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