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Nature: Love In The Animal Kingdom

Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. Can we call these bonds love? In this delightful, provocative look at the love life of animals, watch the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner.

Male banded demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx splendens) gripping female with tail claspers as she prepares to mate in wheel position, Wiltshire, UK, May.

Male banded demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx splendens) gripping female with tail claspers as she prepares to mate in wheel position, Wiltshire, UK, May.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Nick Upton/Naturepl.com

European Wolf (Canus lupus) in snow.

European Wolf (Canus lupus) in snow.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Geslin Laurent/Naturepl.com

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair in rough ice on the frozen Eastern Chuckchi Sea, Arctic Alaska.

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair in rough ice on the frozen Eastern Chuckchi Sea, Arctic Alaska.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Steven J. Kazlowski/Naturepl.com

Topi males sparring (Damaliscus lunatus jimela), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Topi males sparring (Damaliscus lunatus jimela), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Anup Shah/Naturepl.com

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) performing courtship dance as another watches, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, June.

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) performing courtship dance as another watches, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, June.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Tui De Roy/Naturepl.com

Two ring-tailed lemurs in an embrace.

Two ring-tailed lemurs in an embrace.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Rosie Thomas/BBC

Kagu courtship “strut.”

Kagu courtship “strut.”

Credit: Courtesy of ©James Mair/BBC

Lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) bill-fencing as part of courtship, Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

Lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) bill-fencing as part of courtship, Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Anup Shah/Naturepl.com

Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei), Rwanda, Africa.

Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei), Rwanda, Africa.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Andy Rouse/Naturepl.com

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