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The Faithful Few

#FunFactFriday Did you know that only about 3-5% of mammals mate for life?

Beavers are one of those few mammals that will usually stay together forever, raising multiple litters in the same lodge over the years.

In the world of birds, it’s is much more common to find a faithful mate. Approximately 90% of birds are monogamous throughout their mating season or will mate for life!

So who are some of our local lovers that are in it for the long haul?

Wolves - Part of the faithful few, wolves typically mate for life. They form strong social bonds and work together to raise their young. When born, wolf pups are blind and deaf so are completely reliant on their parents and other pack members for their survival.

Beavers - In some cases, North American Beavers have gotten busy out of their bonded pair but for most, it’s until death do them part. Once paired up they work hard to maintain their lodge and raise their kits together. The young beavers will remain with their parents until they are around two years old, at which point they will leave to search for a mate of their own.

Barn Owls - Monogamy isn’t as rare with our feathered friends but barn owls only have eyes for one. A male will bring items of affection like a lovely dead mouse to charm his mate. Once paired up, barn owls usually stick together for life.


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