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11 animals that mate for life

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 24, 2016, 3:20 p.m.
pair of albatross

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Albatrosses

An albatross may fly great distances over the oceans, but despite its extensive travels, this bird will always return to the same place — and the same partner — when it's time to breed. Pair bonds between males and females form over several years and will last for a lifetime, cemented through the use of goofy but affectionate ritual dances. In fact, the birds will court each other for years using those dances in order to pick the perfect partner.

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.