Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and so are the smells of fresh-cut roses and sickly-sweet chocolates, as well as the sound of swans hissing and grunting at each other under a moonlit sky.
That’s right—it’s not only courting season for humans. It’s mating time for animals too.
While there are more than 7 million different animal species on the planet, the number of those that stay with their partners until the end may seem small in comparison—less than 5 percent are believed to be committed partners. That being said, here are eight animals that are defying the odds of commitment phobia in the animal kingdom.