Forty six brought up a good topic with his last blog, and I didn't want to step on his. So...I make another...*Wicked Smile*
Did a quick look, and years ago I read someplace that only wild geese and humans (???) mated for life. Turns out I was wayyy wrong. However, mating and being monogamous are two different things as well.....
I got his Here
But I will also post it, along with a few of my usual smartass comments in bold type.
Q: Which animals mate for life? (Jen, New York, New York)
The gray wolf mates for life. Pups are born in the spring. Through the summer while the pups grow in ability, the adults hunt singly. Each autumn, the pups join the hunting pack and both parents teach them to hunt and kill prey. A family group of about five members (the parents and various offspring) stay together and form a hunting pack. [Gary Kramer, US Fish and Wildlife Service]
A: Gibbon apes, wolves, termites, coyotes, barn owls, beavers, bald eagles, golden eagles, condors, swans, brolga cranes, French angel fish, sandhill cranes, pigeons, prions (a seabird), red-tailed hawks, anglerfish, ospreys, prairie voles (a rodent), and black vultures — are a few that mate for life.
Of course, it depends on what you mean by "mate for life." These creatures do mate for life in the social sense of living together in pairs but they rarely stay strictly faithful.AHA!!! About 90 percent of the 9,700 bird species pair, mate, and raise chicks together — some returning together to the same nest site year after year. Males, however, often raise other males’ offspring unknowingly.Dirty cheating lil birds... DNA testing reveals that the social-pair male did not father 10, 20, and sometimes 40 percent of the chicks.Where's the child support, dammit, and who pays for the DNA tests...
Black vultures, though, discourage infidelity. All nearby vultures attack any vulture caught philandering. Strikes me funny...one of the most reviled birds is one of the most honorable...
Only about 3 percent of the 4,000 mammal species are monogamous (and Homo sapiens isn’t one of them) Ya THINK?. Beavers, otters, bats, wolves, some foxes, a few hoofed animals, and some primates live together in social pairs but dally sexually much as birds do.Now I know where the term "Animal Sex" comes from...horny lil bastards...
Wolves, for example, are generally monogamous but also breed polygamously if the male is unrelated to the female and prey is plentiful.No southern wolves were harmed in the collecting of this data Moreover, they sometimes have more than one mate in a lifetime, says Dan Stahler, biologist at the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Program run by the National Park Service. This happens "if one mate dies, gets kicked out of the pack, or is physically unable to breed due to injury, illness, etc." Can't get it up? gtf out!
One species is absolutely monogamous. In the black darkness of the deep sea, the tiny male anglerfish (perhaps one tenth the female’s size) detects and follows the scent trail of a female of his own species. Once found, he bites his chosen one and hangs on. His skin fuses to hers, their bodies grow together (he gets his food through a common blood supply and becomes essentially a sperm producing organ). They mate for life — a short life for the male. And you human fuckers thought YOU had it bad, huh?
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