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The World’s Weirdest Penis

“For freak lovers like me it’s like hitting the jackpot,” writes Lucy Cooke, zoologist and filmmaker, on her Nat Geo TV blog Freaks and Creeps. She’s talking about Tasmania, an island of Australia that’s “like a time machine. Its primeval forests teem with living fossils that have followed a different evolutionary branch to most mammals.”

Cooke, who is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, advocates for weird, freaky creatures. “They fascinate me because they tell an amazing evolutionary story,” she says.

In Tasmania she teamed up with Dr. Stuart Rose who has devoted the last 25 years of his life to studying the sex life of the echidna. The egg-laying mammal has extraordinary genitalia.

For more about the echidna’s unusual sex life, read Lucy Cooke’s blog post The Tasmanian Echidna’s Four-Headed Penis.

Related post: Mexican Fish Sports Bizarre Four-Hooked Penis

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

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  1. Richard Avery
    October 30, 2012, 3:37 pm

    More sensitivity and less “celebrity” would be helpful, animals are not weird or crazy (as anyone with a “background in zoology” should know) All these animals have taken thousands of generations to achieve a harmony with their environment and now they are treated as amusing toys to be poked, harassed and gawped at. Nah, this is another another hopeless case from the Steve Backley school of “Let’s really annoy these animals for entertainment”. Shan’t watch you again Lucy, you’ve only yourself to blame.

  2. An Ode to the Odd and Obscure – News Watch
    September 11, 2012, 9:33 am

    […] “You can’t lose that,” he said—and I have to agree. (Watch a video showing the Tasmanian echidna’s four-headed penis.) […]

  3. McAllister
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    September 10, 2012, 3:31 pm

    All these people in such a jocular mood, harassing and stressing this poor echidna like some odd, hilarious sex toy. If I thought my life was in peril, I’d p1ss myself too.

    Lucy Cooke may know a lot, but she doesn’t seem to understand anything. Same with Dr. Stuart Rose, who has supposedly ‘devoted’ the last 25 years learning a great deal about this strange little creature’s physiology and reproductive behavior, but understanding nothing about treating it with respect. They call it “Grumpy”. By the same token, Lucy should be called “Dopey.”