Humans have love songs and poetry, but sandhill cranes have “unison calling” to profess their bond to the world. Female cranes squawk twice and the male cranes respond with a single squawk. We doubt it would have the same effect on humans.
Long before male seahorses carry their babies in the pouch on their stomachs, they flirt with potential mates by intertwining tails and dancing around each other. Female seahorses, on the other hand, can get jealous and compete with each other for a certain male.
Barn owls also have their own language of love. Male owls “flirt” with potential mates by giving them dead mice and screeching, and females who are interested respond by croaking.
The shingleback skink is a type of lizard native to Australia that returns to the same partner each mating season. The males woo the females by caressing and liking them, but the romantic chase pays off; their partnership could last more than 20 years. Couples even walk close together, with the male following slightly behind his mate. Do you know the distinctions between these ten animals?
These small apes have relationships that can mirror those of humans, in that couples do cheat, breakup, and even “remarry.” For the primate couples that do stay together, they groom each other and equally help raise their children.
Vultures have a rather grim reputation, but at least they can be creepy with a loving mate. During courtship, male vultures circle the females with extended necks, and then chase and dive toward them. Couples stay together all year round, and once eggs join their family, they take turns incubating them for 24-hour shifts.