The non existence of monogamy

When you go to look into buying a new puppy, the first thing you do is ask the breeder to have a look at the potential new puppy’s parents. You want to see how your puppy is going to look and how it may behave. More often than not, your puppy’s parents have breaded with multiple partners beyond the pregnancy they are in now. This stays true for the majority of the animal kingdom. It is a rarity to find a completely monogamous relationship among all species of animals. After doing some research, I was able to find some animal species who take part of monogamous relationships for the most part. This does not mean that they do not cheat on their significant others. 

According to the Huffington Post , “Whether you think their relationships are romantic or not is up to you, but a number of creatures — from primates to birds to marine life — have found that choosing to be monogamous is more beneficial than having multiple partners.” 

A very heartwarming example is Gibbons. Gibbons are apart of the 6% of primates that are monogamous. Gibbons live in small monogamous families, with up to four off spring. The females are in charge of the family. Gibbon couples also tend to sing duets together. How cute! 


There are many other relationships in the animal kingdom considered monogamous. Such as wolves, swans, Brolga Cranes, French Angel fish, termites, penguins, barn owl, shingleback skink, wolf eel, and black vultures. It is hard to imagine that these are the only species of animals in the entire animal kingdom that maintain their monogamy. Even though they are labeled to be in faithful relationships, this is not all together true. They are not always sexually exclusive. Many animals that form in pairs to mate often regularly engage in sexual activities with partners other than their primary mate. 
According to TODAY relationships , “Nature wants one thing, and what it wants are babies,” Jeffrey Kluger, TIME magazine’s science editor, told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira on Wednesday. “It also wants lots of them and it wants variety, because the greater the genetic variety, the greater the likelihood that the babies are going to survive to adulthood and do well. So even when we’ve had children, we have some very primal software that keeps telling us, ‘Look around.’ ” “For one species of flatworm that lives in the gills of freshwater fish, monogamy is the rule. But for humans and every other living creature, biologists believe nature prefers that man and beast have multiple sexual partners.”

This is the sad but true fact of the world is that only 1 out of 1,250,000 species in the entire animal kingdom are completely monogamous. Monogamy is almost a myth for animals . It is better to be aware of this now before we live the rest of our lives naive to the fact that animals are born cheaters. Its only natural. 

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