Wildly In Love

Humans aren't alone. Romance appears to roam among animals too

Illustrations by Dugald Stermer for TIME

Their love may only last one season, but it endures all manner of things. Separated for months at a time, the birds can pick out their mate among thousands of others

Before adolescent crushes became widely known as puppy love, people had another name for them: calf love. That may be just a metaphor, but it could also have been the start of a theory that some scientists now believe to be true: in their own way, animals feel love.

It's not a secret that all sorts of critters display elaborate courtship rituals. But the capacity to woo a mate is hardly the same as the capacity to love a mate. Nonetheless, chimps appear to feel sorrow and glee; elephants appear to grieve their dead. Couldn't animals feel romance as well? They...

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