If you thought only humans are entitled to receive the “romantic” tag then you have got to read this! Discover the wonderful world of animals, plunge into their romantic stories and surprise yourself by the most amazing animals mating rituals that you have ever come across!
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
This picture is bizarre, but inculcates a lovely message. Angler fishes are the most devoted of all the ocean animals. When a male angler fish matures, he begins his search for the right female to survive in harshest of conditions. Searching for a mate is a problematic task. Males are significantly small as compared to the females, and therefore they often find themselves in great trouble to find food in extreme depths of the ocean. Finding a female becomes a priority to prevent death.
As soon as he finds one, he attaches his mouth with her digestive system. This releases an enzyme that gradually dissolves in his mouth. The male becomes dependent on the female for all his life. He receives his nutrients through the circulatory system shared by each other. With this they become two hearts beating as one.
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
Here comes the interior decorator of the animal kingdom. He knows the secret to a woman’s heart, and he definitely knows how to win them by his creative tactics. He builds a bower comprising of two walls and decorates them with brightly colored objects that includes shells, flowers, stones, feathers, coins, glass and much more. The female bower wanders from nest to nest and picks out the one which catches her attention.
“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything!”
Yes, they surely must have scared the hell out of you in Hollywood movies, but they do have a romantic side as well. Bull gators approach the females and start showing off their dancing skills that includes rubbing her back, swimming in circles and making her feel special. Along with these, he also shows off his voice abilities by roaring, bellowing and making subsonic noise that is unique to aquatic kingdom. True rock star, aren’t they?
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
So you thought humans are the only ones who gift their partners? Think twice! For terns, gifting is a time honored tradition during courtship. Call it bribery or showing off ones potential, it all ends with winning over the chosen one. Female terns choose their males by seeing the gifting potential of their mates. It can be as simple as gifting a fish. And the size does matter, the bigger, the better!
“True love cannot be found where it does not truly exist; nor can it be hidden where it does.”
It’s not just about the way they look, but also for the fact that their mating behavior is as same as humans. Their displays of affection are quite human-like, that involves kissing and hugging to. Romance is always in the air for them. They are quite similar to us, or should we say, how similar we are to them?
“There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved”
Of course they belong to the list of the most romantic animals in the world. Just look at them and you will know why they are called the lovers of the bird kingdom. They are a super romantic creature that’s why they are often gifted as wedding presents to couples.
They are monogamous species and are often seen cuddling and sitting beside each other. They represent love and are believed that they would die if one of the partners is lost.
Their love story begins with fluffing up of feathers by the female to attract the male and tell him that she is interested. They both then start a ritual of performing a courtship dance involving scratching and bobbing heads. Lovely isn’t it?
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”
Okay, their story is quite complicated!! They are known to have long courtship days and mate only under full moons. They are in fact one of the most romantic sea animals. They stay true to their lovers, hence are monogamous in nature. They are often seen embracing the tails of each other while wandering through the ocean. Their courtship dance lasts up to more than 7 hours.
The male sea horse carries their young ones for a span of 6 weeks. Yes, they actually become pregnant. They not only carry, but also fertilize and nourish the eggs that are developing with fluid secretions.
Once the male gets pregnant, the female is seen to stick around until the male gives birth to her children. She keeps visiting him every morning, holds his tail, changes colors and flirts with him until he nurtures the eggs.
“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”
They are one of the most fascinating creatures of the animal kingdom. They have their own mating dances that are quite intricate. They mate with their partners every year in the nesting area which is same throughout their lives. No matter how long they are together, they keep their passion alive.
Talking about their intricate dances, it involves picking up clumps of grasses and tossing them in the air. They jump; they extend their wings, stretch, bow and bob their heads. Guess humans should take lessons from them that no matter how long you have been together, the passion is important, to keep the relationship going.
“The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.”
As the saying goes, “Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.” Love can happen to the mightiest of creatures and melt their hearts too. Whenever an elephant feels it’s the right time to mate, they go beyond their limits to impress the females. The male elephant will try impressing the female by displaying his strength and prowess. Their honeymoon period stays more than a week. When you see a love struck couple, they will often ignore you in favor of each other’s company.
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction”.
The cool couples are here! The male penguin displays and shows off his visual and auditory nature. He stretches his head towards the sky, makes trumpeting sounds and tries his best to attract a female. He toddles around whilst spreading of the flippers in search of his mate.
As soon as the couple decides to form a long-lasting bond, they bow deeply to each other signaling that they are ready to mate.
Romance is not really dead in this world, at least not for animals. All they are conveying is no matter what, just love and stay blessed!