SEDUCTION IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM On Valentine’s Day, many humans will give each other flowers, chocolate, jewelry, etc., and will spend some quality time one-on-one. But how do animals court one another? Some species also bring gifts to seduce their partners. For instance, male chimpanzees steal fruits from villages adjacent to their habitat to offer them to females of reproductive age. Though perhaps a tad less romantic but just as efficient, males from a species of midge will present a juicy prey to the females. While the ladies are busy feasting on their delicious gift, the males get busy, period. Some seabirds will bring fish to their sweethearts while seagulls will regurgitate the last fish they ate for their lady-loves. With those gifts, they also show their talent as fishermen and their ability to feed the little ones. Another part of the animal courting ritual that resembles human seduction concerns the home. Generally speaking, a man bringing his date back to a beautiful condominium will have a greater shot at seducing her than if he welcomes her in a dingy apartment… Well, the female of a bird species will closely inspect the nest built by her male counterpart. If the nest is to her liking, she will lay an egg. If she really loves the place, she will sit on the egg. Otherwise, she will fly off to greener pastures, leaving the male responsible for the eggs. But that is not a typical case of courting. In many bird species, females build the nest, and in a few others, males and females build it together.