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10 Animals Who Mate For Life

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6. Beavers

Known for their elaborate dam building skills, beavers are monogamous creatures who stay together for life, living in family groups, or colonies, made up of parents and their offspring. Adults stay together in these colonies and care for their young for the first two years of their lives, teaching them valuable skills, before they go off to find their own mates.

 

7. Albatross

They don’t just mate for life, but engage in an elaborate courtship ritual before settling down with a partner that consists of a precise sequence of dance moves when choosing a partner. They also raise their young together, before sending them off into the world to find their own mates.

 

8. Gibbons

Gibbons were once thought of as the perfect example of monogamy in non-human primates and one of the only primates who have monogamous relationships, but recent research has led scientists to believe their relationships are a little bit more complicated than they seem. Although still mostly monogamous, at least one study has found that gibbons will dump their partner and take up with a new one if the opportunity presents itself.

 

9. Titi Monkeys

Titi monkeys live mostly in the Amazon in small family groups consisting of parents and their young. These adorable and monogamous monkeys are believed to be very emotionally close and spend a lot of time near each other, cuddling, grooming each other and holding hands. Fathers in these tight-knit families also play a hugely important role as the main carrier and protectors of their young.

 

10. Sea Horses

Sea horses are unique and fascinating little creatures that live in a broad range of marine environments. Sea horses are technically considered a fish, but unlike most fish species, they form monogamous pairs that stay together for life. Sea horses are also known for the role the males play in reproduction. Females deposit eggs in the male’s pouch, where he fertilizes and carries them until giving birth.

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2:58AM PDT on Aug 31, 2015

thanks for the article.

2:00PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Wonderfull! All beautiful creatures :)

11:32AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thank you

2:26PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

It's sad that humans see themselves as superior to animals. They are so beyond us in many ways that count.

11:31AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Too bad humans aren't loyal and unselfish enough.

3:53AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Wish that was for humans

11:08AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

hmmm cool

10:04AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

How come all of these animals are in heterosexual relationships? Don't discriminate against the gay ones, ok? Where are they!!???

6:21AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Noted

3:45AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

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