Valentines Day lessons in the 'wild'
2 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch zoo is organising a unique tour for Valentines Day this year, treating willing lovers to a walk through the zoo to look at how animals try to woo a partner.
2 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch zoo is organising a unique tour for Valentines Day this year, treating willing lovers to a walk through the zoo to look at how animals try to woo a partner.
A spokesman for the Aqua Zoo Friesland doubted whether people would actually get to see any animals actually mating.
"Animals are just like people when it comes to sex. They preferably mate in the evening or at night. And animals also prefer to do it in the night shelters. Even the staff hardly ever see animals mating," he said.
The spokesman said flamingos are especially shy. If a male and a female flamingo like each other, they will both go into the water searching for food, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported.
Pretending they don’t want to know the other, the birds slowly get closer together. If it clicks between them, the birds become a real couple, just like humans.
Egrets on the other hand can sit for hours in a tree with each other. They embrace each other with their necks and suck on the other's nicest features. "That looks like kissing," he said.
A zoo press release also said in the animal kingdom, it is almost always the woman who chooses the man. Male animals thus perform everything possible in order to attract the attention of their hoped-for partner.
The Sex and the Zoo tour will be offered over the weekend prior to Valentines Day on Monday 14 February. The tours will take 90 minutes. For more information: www.otterparkleeuwarden.nl.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news