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Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Romance" in the Animal Kingdom

Most animals have mating or courtship rituals. Some are decidedly reminiscent of human courtship rituals. See if any of these ring a bell with you:

Scorpions dance. They actually hook claws and spin in circles around each other for up to an hour before they find a cozy rock for mating. Of course, the female sometimes eats the male afterwards...
Let's move on.

Penguins grab their single male pals and head to the local hot spot where they wait for the females to show up. Then it's party time!

Male elephants try to impress the female by bringing them food and water, the equivalent of wine and chocolate, I guess. They also entwine trunks like humans hold hands. Sweet, huh?

Bower birds build elaborate houses, called bowers, out of bits of wood, string, shells, and other "people items."

Female baboons shake a little booty to get the boys to come runnin'!

Horseshoe crabs do it on the beach. In the summer. Under a full moon. Now that's romantic!


Pamela K. Kinney said...

Very interesting.

Miranda @ My Eclectic Bookshelf said...

loved this :) gave me a bit of a chuckle this Saturday morning.

Maggie Toussaint said...

I was fascinated by these observations, Gina. Nice post!

Maria Zannini said...

Considering my relationship with scorpions, I will take your word for it. LOL.

Hate scorpions!

Gina Ardito/Katherine Brandon said...

Animals can be fascinating to watch, even moreso than people because they can't actually tell you what they're thinking. As a writer, it gives me an opportunity to put my own spin on things, which helps with my own characterizations.

Jean P said...

Found all those very interesting, thought the one about the elephants very sweet!

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Gina Ardito/Katherine Brandon said...

Hi Jean. I loved the one about elephants; made me think of Mama Jumbo and little baby Dumbo in the Disney movie. I *always* cry when I see that scene and the song, Baby Mine is on my iPod. Yeah...I'm a sucker like that.

Kasey said...

I like the elephants one too. Aweee, ain't nothing like a man trying to take care of you, no matter what species you are. Why can't all men be like that sweet?!