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8 Animals That Mate for Life

When it comes to bonding for life, we humans may think we have it all figured out, but it turns out our animal friends might be able to teach us a thing or two about fidelity.

As we are talking about animals in next weeks conversation club I thought I would share this article with you.

True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom, but it does exist among certain species. It's unclear whether or not these animals feel "love" for their partners in the same way that humans do, but it is clear that for many species, forming a lifetime pair bond is as much about survival of the species as it is about having someone to help build your nest and keep your feathers clean.

No matter the reason for their monogamy, we humans can learn a lot from the dedication shown by several animal species to their mates. Before you take a look at the rest of the article Pause for a moment and try and guess which animals you think mate for life....a duck perhaps? ....

Lets see if you're correct ....

Swans - Symbols of True Love

Two swans touching beaks—it's the universal symbol of true love in the animal kingdom. And as it turns out, it really does indicate true love—or at least that's what humans would call it. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years, and in some cases these bonds can last for life.

Romantic? Sure, but swan pairs are more a matter of survival than love. When you factor in the amount of time swans need to migrate, establish territories, incubate, and raise their young, it makes sense that they wouldn't want to waste any extra time attracting a new mate each season.

Wolves - Loyal for Life

These sly old dogs are not as independent as you might think. Lone wolf stereotypes aside, most wolf "families" consist of a male, a female, and their pups. Just like a human family.

Alpha males share dominance within the pack with their alpha female, except during mating season, when the alpha female is in charge.

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