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10 Strange Animal Mating Rituals (Slideshow)

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10 Strange Animal Mating Rituals (Slideshow)

By The Nature Conservancy

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.

Next: Anglerfish

(Image: Prairie chickens. Source: Harvey Payne.)

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9:42PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

And I thought we were complicated :)

9:38AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thank you! Re-shared :)

10:42PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

noted

6:07PM PDT on May 29, 2012

just amazing. all of it was super interesting. thanks!

5:08AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Oh my gosh. Lions are sex addicts (LOL).

1:01PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

ty

9:00AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

mating in nature has far more variety than many who talk about the "laws of nature" or what is "natural" behavior have ever actually learned.......

5:57AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thanks.

7:34AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Thanks, interesting.

3:09PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Just right for each one.

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