“Love is in the air” is a common phrase used to describe the blissful love that is sensed when couples are with each other. They show expressions of love daily and are wooed by romantic gestures such as public displays of affection, giving thoughtful gifts, pampering each other and sharing special moments. This is not exclusive to humans as other animals are thought to be romantic as well. It may warm your heart as you find out about some of the world’s romantic animals.
Having a loving monogamous relationship is one that many people strive for. Well for albatrosses this is their destiny. Albatrosses are birds which travel great distances but return to their island of birth to breed. When they find their mate, the pair spends the rest of their lives together. These birds have one offspring at a time and are committed to caring for their young. What makes them even more romantic is that in spite of them spending months apart during their travels, they reunite on their island from time to time. This is definitely a long distance relationship that works.
2. Wolf Eels
Wolf eels are fish that inhabit the waters of the northern Pacific. They live in the cracks and crevices of rocky reefs and stony bottoms. These creatures have a romantic side. They find partners and mates for life, a quality rarely found in the animal kingdom. The juveniles about 4 years old find a partner, pursue them and settle together in the rocks. After approximately 3 years of courtship, they mate and together, nurture and care for their eggs. The males are territorial and even fight for their partners. They share an everlasting love as they build a lifetime of companionship.
3. Prairie Volt
Although most rodents are polygamous, this is not the case for prairie voles. These rodents mate for life. Prairie voles have been of interest to neuroscientists and endocrinologists who study the social behavior of animals and studies have found that their monogamous pair bonds is thanks to a love chemical called oxytocin that increases in the brain and strengthens their devotion to each other. The male vole courts the female before they mate and assist with nest-building, feeding and raising their young.
Bowerbirds, found in New Guinea and Australia, are quite intriguing. The male bowerbirds woo the females and go all out to show their interest and intention. The males are more colorful and stylish than the females. They try to impress the females by building structures decorated with twigs, leaves, berries and colorful objects. The males, on meeting the female, expand their pupils alternately, let out a sound from their throats, open their wings, get close to the female and headbutts her chest. The female can visit several males before choosing the most impressive male. In spite of the romantic gestures of the male, they do not necessarily remain partners.
5. Puffer Fish
If you come across large geometric designs in the sand of the seabed on your next diving expedition, then there are most likely male puffer fish around. Though the male puffer fish are small and only 5 inches long, they compensate with their creativity. The shapes are made by the males who flap their fins and butt the seabed with their noses. Shells are also used to decorate their creation. This is done in an effort to attract female puffer fish. His time and effort is recognized and his mission is accomplished when he gets his mate.
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