Are Animals Really Monogamous?
I guess the answer depends on how you define the word monogamous. In many cases even though the animal may mate for life, there is some cheating going on. Not all animals step out on their mates but it definitely is know to happen.
To me, monogamous in the animal kingdom would most likely mean staying together for life. Only a small percentage of all animals mate for life.
In this article you will see a few of the species that are true blue. With all of the running around you hear about humans it makes me wonder if maybe the animal kingdom could teach a few of us a thing or two.
Wolves as a whole are dedicated family animals. The average wolf pack consists of the male, female, and offspring.
When a wolf settles on a mate to be they begin bonding by sleeping close to each other and touching each other more and more as time goes by. As the bonding grows stronger they begin to touch noses, and walk pressed up closely to each other.
After mating they will continue to be affectionate to each other. This is their mate and they are very attached. The only thing that seems to break the bond is death. When this occurs they most likely will find a new mate.
When the beaver reaches the age of two they begin their journey to find a mate. This is when they leave their colony and start their own colony.
The beaver family unit or colony usually contains a monogamous male and female and their offspring. Interesting enough, it is said that not only are they mated for life but they are faithful to their mate. However if one of them dies, the one left behind will find a new mate.
One of the nice things about this pair is that they both share in taking care of the young.
Believe it or not, there are a few reptiles that are monogamous. Some times they are with the same partner for 20 or more years. They tend to be with the same partner year after year.
However, these reptiles may keep their same mate for years but they are know to step out of the relationship for a fun time with a new lizard.
Barn Owls are an interesting animal. Until they find their "forever mate" they stay by Barn Owls are the most affectionate of all animals. They can often be seen cuddling with their mates and their babies.
These animals are truly monogamous. If their mate dies they become depressed and will themselves to die.
Bald Eagles seem to be the most devoted to their mate. They are generally together for 35 years or more. According to studies once they find their mate they build a nest together and spend the rest of their life together.
French Angelfish are among the few sea creatures who mate for life. They find their other half , mate and stay together for life, spending it mating, birthing babies, and defending their territory.
We, as humans, seem to be overly sentimental about swans. For us, they are associated with life-long pairing and love. They seem to represent romance.
Swans do mate for life, or until their mate dies. Apparently they are true-blue and faithful.
A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn't eat a thing. Most father penguins lose about 25 pounds while they wait for their babies to hatch. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest
“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”— The Dalai Lama
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