Animals that Mate For Life!
By Natalie Tsang
November 11, 2011
Happy Friday! As you gear up to enter the wedded life, we at SimplyBridal would like to let you know about other animals who make such a commitment!
Humans aren't the only creatures that make monogamous bonds. Several other species, especially birds and even some insects, form relationships that last large portions of their lives.
Here are just a few!
Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years, and in some cases, these can last for life. This symbol of true love is reaffirmed by the countless pictures have captured of two swans forming a heart with their necks.
Often portrayed as vicious man eaters in popular culture, wolves have extreme family loyalty. Once formed, packs usually stay together for life and are akin to a nuclear family.
An albatross may fly great distances over the oceans, but despite its extensive travels, this bird will always return to the same place and the same partner when its time to breed. Pair bonds between males and females form over several years and will last for a lifetime, cemented through the use of goofy but affectionate ritual dances.
Gibbons are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pair bonds.
French Angelfish creatures live, travel and even hunt in pairs. These fish form monogamous bonds that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs.
Although most rodents are notorious for being promiscuous, prairie voles break the trend, generally forming monogamous pair bonds that occasionally last a lifetime. They cuddle and groom each other, share nesting and pup-raising responsibilities, and generally show a high level of supportive behavior.