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Why Is it so Hard for Pandas to Get Pregnant?

Getty Images In the wild, giant panda mating occurs just as nature specials would have you believe. There’s intense competition for each female, and the dominant male will mate with her several times to ensure success. And that strategy works: Wild female pandas generally give birth every two years. But that low birth rate means that [...]

The Fish With a Penis On Its Head

A newly discovered fish in the Mekong River in Vietnam has a, how shall we say this, unique male anatomy: its penis is on its head. And the weirdness doesn’t stop there: Male priapiumfish don’t have a penis like humans and other mammals. [...]

Gift-Giving is the Secret of Successful Firefly Matings

The secret to mating, according to male fireflies (and undoubtedly applicable to many humans), is to give gifts to females. And now, scientists have found out the why: Male fireflies, known for attracting mates with [...]

Fossilized Copulating Turtle Couple Discovered In Germany

These shell backed lovers were fossilized while doing the nasty around 47 million years ago, and now have the distinction of being the only vertebrate fossils ever found frozen in the act of making love. The mating couple were found in a German quarry called the Messel Pit, where five more pairs of copulating turtle couples [...]

It’s Not Easy Making Lions

Getting pregnant is a real chore for the King of the Beasts (or his mates, actually). …typical mating bouts last for up to four days, involving between 20 and 40 sex sessions per day. In fact, it’s estimated that for every cub that survives past the age of one year, its mother had to mate three [...]

Strategic Gorilla Sex May Explain Human Monogamy

Stony Brook University primatologist Diane Doran-Sheehy discovered something intriguing about the sneaky mating behavior of female gorillas that may explain human monogamy: how female gorillas use strategic sex to her advantage! Female gorillas use sex as a tactic to thwart their rivals, new research suggests. Pregnant apes court their silverback male to stop other females conceiving. “It [...]