Animal kingdom, the games of love (France 2)

The Skater Spider’s Tricks

To approach a female, the young male offers her gifts. Like a live fly, wrapped in the web. While Madame feasts, Monsieur fertilizes her. Some males cheat, and sometimes bring already dead insects or even linen flowers. And females often see nothing but fire…

The colors of the mandrill

In these monkeys living in Gabon, the principle is simple: the more a male has a chest, the more colors he wears on his mouth and hindquarters. A signal that makes him the dominant, attracts females, which he can fertilize, and generally keeps his rivals away. Until one of them challenges him!

The song of the caiman

In the Pantanal region of Brazil, after conquering a small stretch of river, male caimans attract females first by growling… then by “singing”. Serious sounds, inaudible to the human ear, but so seductive for these scaled ladies that they quickly end up falling for the best roucouleur.

Animal kingdom, the games of love: Thursday May 26 at 9:10 p.m. on France 2

Frederick Rapilly

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