Monogamy isn't just for humans - just take a look at these star-struck animals that are in it for the long haul.
- SWANS - Beautiful symbols of romance with their graceful necks that are heart-shaped when they come together. They truly love each other and it shows.
- BALD EAGLES - Not only are they the patriotic symbol of the United States, they are monogamous for life. Their secret may well be the time they spend alone migrating, but when mating season rolls around they always return to their sweetheart. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.
- PRAIRIE VOLES - Not only do these furry little cuties mate for life they also spend their free time together, build homes together and protect each other. We could all learn a thing or to from these little lovers.
- ALBATROSSES - Many birds can claim monogamy but the albatross' are a unique blend of love. They truly are the gentlemen and women of the bird world. Young albatrosses learn from older birds how to woo their mates using an elaborate system of preening, pointing, rattling, bowing and other sweet dance moves. After they learn advanced wooing, albatrosses may “dance” with many partners until they find the right one. After that partner is found they stay true for life.
- WOLVES - An alpha-male is always with his alpha-female by his side. here is an equal amount of give and take in their relationships and during mating season the females rule the roost.
- BEAVERS - These faithful creatures stay together for each other and their kids. Both the female and the male take an active role in raising their children and once they reach two years of age they find loves of their own.
- FRENCH ANGELFISH - Ah the love of the French. French angelfish make such perfect couples that it would embarrass most humans. Not only do these fish stay with their mates until death, but they spend fully half of their time swimming side by side. That’s about the maximum about of QT possible before it starts to get clingy. Not only that, but when French angelfish couples come together again after time apart, they engage in what’s called “carouseling,” circling round and round each other.
- SHINGLEBACK SKINKS - When these slow-moving lizards enter into a committed relationship, they’re really in it for the long haul. Once a male sees a female he likes, he’ll begin to follow her, sticking by her while he courts her by gently nudging and licking her. This can go on for months before the pair even copulates. Once their bond is formed, a couple will seek each other out to mate again every breeding season. They may stay together for 20 years or longer. And when a shingleback skink dies, its surviving partner will remain by its mate's dead body for days, tenderly nudging it, perhaps trying in vain to revive it, or perhaps simply grieving.
- BARN OWLS - When barn owls choose each other as mates, they stick together until death. That’s terribly romantic. Their mating rituals, however, are a little more aggressive than what most of us think of as typical romance. A male barn owl initiates courtship with
showy display flights and a lot of loud yelling and whistling. Then they hover around the chosen female until it’s time to mate.
I think it's safe to say that true love and monogamy is for the animals. Love sure is grand. Happy Valentines Day!