The tendencies of the animal kingdom are generally regarded as some of the most natural occurrences in the world. What’s interesting is that an incredible number of animals enjoy mating rituals that are nothing short of incredible.
From taking up numerous partners to ending intercourse with the death of the participating partner, these animals will make even a few humans a bit envious. Most mating rituals are driven purely by instinct, and those within the animal kingdom are no exception. Here are the 10 most promiscuous animals to prove it.
10. Northern Elephant Seal
While 500 children may seem like a big responsibility, it’s nothing to the male northern elephant seal. While the gigantic male seals are notably unfriendly towards one another, the chief male seal will obtain control over a harem of up to 100 female elephant seals, copulating with as many as he can.
Turns out these furry creatures can reach their sexual maturity as young as three months old, and are pretty much fertile all the time. The female bunnies have no menstrual cycle and their ovulation cycle is activated by the act of intercourse, which takes about 40 seconds.
8. Hedge Sparrow
While birds are somewhat known for their monogamy, the female hedge sparrow is known for her tendency to branch out. Once she finds her mate, the hedge sparrow isn’t closed for business, but instead keeps her eyes open for potential partner upgrades, as more sexual activity is sure to result in more offspring for the bird.
7. Eastern Garter Snake
These guys form an actual sex ball when they are getting ready to do the deed. If several males track down a female at the same time, they all curl up together and mate. What’s interesting about this particular snake is that, unlike most snakes, the female will give birth to actual live baby snakes.
One of the only mammals to have sex for pleasure, dolphins, like humans and certain primates, often engage in sexual activity not only to produce offspring, but also for pure enjoyment. Mating several times a day, the dolphins have relations with both males and females, and sometimes even engage in sexual behaviour towards other sub-species.
Male warthogs like to spread their seed quite literally, traveling from herd to herd to mate with females across a large territory. While lions protect the females in order to obtain mating rights, the male warthog does not provide protection to the females, instead wandering freely without a care in the world.
4. Queen Honey Bee
Male bees or drones if you will, only exist for one reason, to mate with the queen. After mating with the Queen Bee, the males either die, or are rejected from the nest. In a mating season, the Queen stores up to 100 million sperm, enough for a lifetime of reproduction.
3. Topi Antelope
The female Topi Antelope is an aggressive suitor. Only fertile for one day a year, the female spends the month chasing potential mates around, often mating with up to four males per day in order to prepare. According to the BBC, each “female [would] mate, on average, with four males, while some have reached 12 different partners.
This polygamous marsupial engages with several partners during mating season, resulting in a litter with multiple fathers. The female version mouse-like creature can go at it for about 12 hours, often leaving the males so exhausted that it can be fatal for them.
A relative of the common chimpanzee, the Bonobos are one of the most sexually active members of the animal kingdom. While sex is used for reproduction, the Bonobos also use it to resolve conflict, and of course, to greet one another. There are no long-term couples.