3 Animals That Mate For Life
Did you know there are members of the animal kingdom (other than humans) that mate for life?
In some cases of monogamous mates – for example, beavers – both parents care for their offspring.
When one partner in a monogamous pair dies, most surviving partners go on to find a new mate before the next breeding season.
Adult beavers can weigh 40 pounds or more, and they mate for life during their third year. Their babies are called kits, and typically 1 to 4 are born in the spring.
Both parents care for their kits, who stay with them for about two years. The yearlings typically help care for the next litter. A beaver colony can consist of six or more individuals, including parents, yearlings, and kits.
Gibbons are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They live in small, stable family groups with a monogamous mated pair and offspring under the age of 7.
Gibbon families are territorial and defend their territory with morning songs sung by the breeding pair.
Gibbons reach sexual maturity between 6 and 8 years of age. Females give birth to one baby at a time, and mating pairs produce an average of 5 to 6 offspring over their reproductive lifetimes.
Wolves live in packs that are typically family groups including a male and female breeding pair and their offspring of varying ages. Only the breeding pair mates, and has one litter a year.
Wolves reach sexual maturity between 2 and 3 years of age, and once the youngsters are ready to mate, most leave their birth pack to start their own pack or join an existing pack.
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