It is said when it comes to true fidelity, many other animals offer better examples of how to keep a relationship together than humans. Find below some of the animals that are monogamous and form lifelong pair bonds that are generally rare in the animal kingdom.
Turtle doves are also known as mourning doves or rain doves. The love between two turtle doves is so faithful, so fascinating that it even inspired Shakespeare and made him to come up with the poem ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle’ putting the doves as main subject of the poem.
The loyalty between two swans is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a nearly universal symbol of love. They form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years, and in some cases these bonds even last for life.
Black vultures are perfect examples that prove the fact that good looks are not a prerequisite to a faithful relationship. In fact, they have been known to attack other vultures that have been caught philandering!
An albatross flies great distances over the oceans, but despite its extensive travels, this bird will always return to the same place and same partner when it’s time to breed. It is also said that an albatross only lays one egg each year, so it’s important that it chooses the best partner to raise its limited number of chicks.
Bald eagles are typically mate for life, except in the event of their partner’s death or impotency. They stay hitched until death and they often return year after year to the same nest.
Gibbons form extremely strong pair bonds and are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. Believe it or not, gibbon mating culture has started to look a little bit more like humans with mates occasionally philandering, and even sometimes dumping each other.
French angelfish live, travel and even hunt in pairs and they form monogamous bonds that often last as long as both individuals are alive.
Believe it or not but it is said that wolves have a family life that is more loyal and pious than most human relationships.
Unlike ants where a queen mates once with the male(s), stores the gametes for life, and the male ants die shortly after mating, some species of termites can form lifelong pair bonds between a female queen and a male king who literally give birth to their entire kingdom.
Though most rodents have a reputation for promiscuity, prairie voles break the trend by forming monogamous pair bonds that occasionally last a lifetime.
Though these creatures may not offer the conventional image of love, they are usually far more faithful than the humans they inhabit. When they reproduce sexually within the human body, they form loyal monogamous pair bonds that typically last the entire cycle.