So you think you’ve had some strange dates? This Valentine’s Day, The Nature Conservancy compiled the top 10 most bizarre examples of love in the wild.
“Nature can get pretty wild, especially when procreation is at stake,” says Sanjayan, lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy. “While we may find mating habits of some critters bizarre, they just might remind you of someone you know.”
Unfortunately, many of these creatures are at risk of disappearing forever because of habitat loss, climate change and other threats.
“Nature is powerful, but for many animals, their future now depends not only on their mating prowess but on what help we give them. If we don’t protect their homes that future is in jeopardy,” explains Sanjayan.
Do these wild lovers remind you of anyone?
Prairie Chickens: Strut Your Stuff
Male prairie chickens attract females with loud “booming” noises that can be heard miles away. They also perform an elaborate dance — lowering their heads, erecting their neck feathers, inflating orange air sacks, dropping their wings and pointing their tails, all while frantically stamping their feet. Listen to the boom and see a video of their dance.
(Image: Prairie chickens. Source: Harvey Payne.)