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Five Animals that are Completely Monogamous
It's a myth that wolves are sexually monogamous; they do have multiple mates. They are, however, socially monogamous. Male and female wolves form social bonds where the male will help the female raise her young, regardless of who the father-wolf is.
Do you consider social monogamy to still be "monogamous"?
Barn owls are completely monogamous, unless one of the pair dies. They really do stay true "until death do us part"! They may nest in separate areas during the off-season, but when the mating season comes back around, they always find their way to each other.
Bald eagles behave just like barn owls - they nest in separate sites until mating season, where they return to the same lover year after year.
Birds have really got the whole monogamy-thing down! Swans also have the same mate each mating season.
Want to know what the deal is with birds?
They migrate twice a year, have to nest, lay eggs, incubate them, etc. They don't have time for multiple mates!
Do you associate swans with love?
Something unique about the black vulture is that they stay with their mate year-round! They stick with their family, even months after the hatch-lings have left the nest.
While monogamy isn't common among the animal kingdom, there are some species that really inspire with the strong bonds they hold in their relationship.
Do you know any other monogamous animals? What's your theory on why they stay monogamous? Do you consider the human species to be monogamous?