If you take a moment and pause, forgetting about your busy routine for a second, you could learn so much about what is out there. Take a moment to think about all the life and nature that surrounds you and happens around you. There is a whole other world out there, animals that have families, homes, and love too.
Bellow, I worked on a list of different animals in love, so that you could take a moment to see and appreciate what a beautiful world we live in. The animal kingdom provides us with true-love examples of heartfelt couples. You can’t deny love when you look at this.
Most of the time, the socialization between lions occurs while they are resting. They have a few ways, but the most peaceful way for them to show affection is social licking and head rubbing. When it comes to lovemaking, well, you’ll be shocked. A lion couple can mate up to 100 times a day. If the male gets too tired to continue, a blood brother would possibly take over for him.
A lions habitat: Lions are usually more active during the night and live in various kinds of habitats. However, they do prefer grassland, dense scrub, savanna, and open woodland. Lions and their packs can be found in multiple places like Asia, Europe, and Africa. Lions are now mainly found in Southern Africa and the Sahara.
Giant pandas do not communicate as other animals would; they aren’t able to communicate with body language. Pandas communicate by scent marking and vocal communication. They have about 11 different sounds. When it comes to their mate, Pandas can identify one another from their sheep-like bleats at a distance of up to 65 feet.
However, these beautiful animals live a large part of their lives in solitary. Encounters are rare outside the brief mating season.
Habitat: Giant pandas like to live in bamboo forests in the wild. They are generally found in remote mountain regions in China, Sichuan and a few other places in Asia. These places have cold weather temperatures and they have wet bamboo forests that make these gorgeous pandas feel right at home.
Golden Squirrel Monkeys communicate using around 30 distinctive vocalizations and a lot of the times, form relationships with other species of monkeys for adaptive reasons. I guess you could call them the social butterflies of the jungle! They live among multiple female and male social groups, consisting of at least 50 other monkeys which, I think, is pretty impressive.
Habitat: Squirrel monkeys are curious. They are tree-dwelling primates that spend most of their time in the canopy of the forest. Their distribution includes an isolated population in the rainforest of Costa Rica and virtually the entire Amazon Basin of South America. In the wild, squirrel monkeys inhabit most types of tropical forests, including both wet and dry forest, continuous and secondary forest, mangrove swamps, riparian habitat, and forest fragments.
Squirrels communicate mostly using their tails. When a squirrel lays its eyes on a mate, they are highly likely going to make their tail shiver or wave to their mate to gain attention. Have you ever noticed how two squirrels chase one another up and down the trees? They’re hardly playing; they’re flirting with one another!
The male squirrels are pursuing the ladies to mate with them, and afterward, the females will give birth to 2-8 baby squirrels.
Habitat: Squirrels seem to live in almost every habitat from the semiarid desert (not including dry deserts) to tropical rainforests. They are herbivores. They survive on seeds, nuts and if they are feeling rebellious, tiny insects and small vertebrates.
Meerkats are gregarious animals that are mostly seen in groups. Several families may live together in large communities. However, when it comes to meerkats coupling up, it usually only happens during the mating season. There is a lot of work and effort required if they’d wish to be apart of the festivities. For example, the male would have to gain quite a bit of weight to appear more dominant.
Meerkats are actually one of the most complexed animals, with a sophisticated social structure of life that enables them to live in their environment. A meerkat’s social structure all begins with Dominance. They happen to have the ability to adjust to different environments and, in some geographic areas, appear to prefer habitats that have been
disrupted by people.
Wild horses usually gather in groups ranging from 3 to 20 horses. A stallion is a mature male and leads a whole group, herd, consisting of mares, which are the females and their young foals. When it comes to finding mates, the stallions and mares prefer not to find companionship from the same herd they belong too. Apparently, the horses do this to avoid the possibility of inbreeding.
I don’t know about you guys but it sounds like the horses have got it all figured out. If one of the mares bare a fowl, the fowl will be driven out of the herd between the ages of three to five years old so they can start their own herd.
Fun fact: Humans and horses have an ancient relationship. Asian nomad’s seemingly first domesticated horses around 4,000 years ago. Isn’t that interesting?
Monkeys are cute and furry animals with hands that have thumbs and long, fur-covered tails. There are way more than 260 kinds of monkey species in the world. However, when it comes to attracting a mate, it isn’t the most attractive technique we’ve heard so far. Monkeys tend to urinate on themselves to attract a mate. The male monkey will do this to become more sexually attractive to the females, according to studies.
Now monkeys tend to do things a bit differently. They choose a mate with different genes from their own to guarantee strong and healthy offsprings. Interesting right? I don’t know if you’ve heard this before but monkeys are often referred to as ‘new world’ monkeys and ‘old world’ monkeys, depending on where they live in the world. Old World monkeys live in Asia and Africa while the New World monkeys live in the Americas.
Giraffes are somewhat similar to horses and donkeys regarding their partner methods. It all depends on the female. The female doesn’t necessarily need to have a male companion around until she is receptive and ready to receive her man in ‘that way.’ But it’s not that simple; the female can take hours until she decides that she’s ‘in the mood’ and makes him wait for hours on end.
Fun fact: Giraffes use their long, black tongues to help them reach the leaves to eat from extremely tall trees. Have you seen a giraffes tongue before? Giraffes grow up to be about 4 feet tall, in the first year of their life. A newly born giraffe is already around six feet tall at birth and weighs approximately 150 pounds.
Otters are members of the weasel family. They happen to enjoy having a partner. However, their behavior with one another is somewhat questionable. The male is known to bite the female’s upper jaw or nose and he also sometimes grasps the female by the scruff of the neck. It seems that otters have a very love-hate relationship, sometimes playful and sometimes aggressive.
They are found in almost every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. Most Otters are small, with short noses and little ears, elongated bodies, long tails, and soft, dense fur. When it’s time to take a nap or sleep, sea otters float on their backs and intertwine their feet or hands with another sea otter, so that they stay together.
Elephants are social creatures. Every heard out there is dictated and ruled by a woman matriarch who helps the young ones grow up with proper behavior. The males only stay with the family for 12 to 15 years of age. I find that rude, considering the female had to carry him for 22 whole months! That’s the most prolonged pregnancy on earth!
Elephants are incredibly social amongst themselves. They hug each other by entwining their trunks, or as a sign of a greeting and affection. Did you know that elephants can live up to 70 years old? An adult African elephant’s trunk is around seven feet long! Their trunk is an elongated nose and upper lip. Like the majority of noses in this world, their trunks are for smelling.
The majority of penguins happen to be monogamous but various species are entirely monogamous, which means; for a season. The following year they will probably seek another mate due to the urgent need of breeding. If there weren’t such a desperate urge to do so, they would probably wait for their partner to return and join them again. The African, Royal and some other species are fascinating. They help prepare a nest and look after their chicks, a behavior that’s hardly seen among animals.
There are 18 different kinds of penguins come in various shapes and sizes, but all share the same black bodies with white bellies. This countershading allows them to hide from predators such as leopard seals and orcas. Unfortunately, one of the biggest threats to penguin populations is climate change. Warming in the Polar Regions is melting sea ice rapidly, which penguins depend on to build nests and find food.
Unfortunately, these Mediterranean monk seal couples only see each other around September until November, December. During these months, the males tend to get stalker-ish and aggressive, (who can blame them? They haven’t seen their women all year long). The females spend time with their fellas for a bit and then disappear to hidden caves for a year until their pups are born.
A Mediterranean monk seal’s habitat has changed over the years. A long time ago, up until the 20th century, these seals had been known to gather together, give birth to their pups, and then seek refuge on open beaches. In recent years, they left their former habitat and only use sea caves for their activities, preferably caves that are inaccessible to humans, which is understandable.
I know you came here for a sobby, heartwarming story that will make your heart sore through the clouds, but it’s not. Dogs don’t hesitate when it comes to pursuing sexual partners. Many animals mate for life and create an unbreakable bond with their sexual partners, but not dogs. They aren’t too discriminating when it comes to choosing a partner either. When it comes to sexual partners and love, they are very different things for dogs. Continue bellow the sobby part.
Dogs do fall in love with one another in the dearest, most profound way that only dogs know how to do. While people have come up with endless ways to try and describe what love is, science boils all those emotions down to a simple answer: a chemical reaction. A hormone, oxytocin, is the real culprit for butterflies-in-the-tummy kind of feelings you get when you’re with someone you love. Dogs produce oxytocin too. Dogs can reportedly feel the same types of emotions humans do when it comes to stress and love.
Camels prefer staying together in groups called herds. The herds are led by the dominant male, while many of the other males form their herd called a bachelor herd. Camels are very social and like to greet each other by blowing in each other’s faces. Regarding finding that perfect mate, the male will either pair with a female from their herd or spend a night with a female from another herd.
Camels have humps on their backs to store fat. They can close their nostrils to block sand and have two sets of long eyelashes to protect their eyes from blowing sand. Camels move two legs on the same side at the same time, like giraffes. This is called pacing. Baby camels are born with their eyes wide open and can sprint a few hours after birth.
For the longest time, foxes are believed to be monogamous. The male fox roams certain areas at night, marking their territory accompanied by a female. When a female is pregnant or nursing their cubs, she will be in the den resting where the male can be seen making frequent trips to the den to provide for his mate. Isn’t that special?
Outside of their breeding season, most red foxes prefer to live out in the open, in vegetated areas, though they sometimes enter burrows to escape bad weather. A Red fox’s’ body language consists of ear movement, postures and tail, with their body markings emphasizing gestures. Postures can resemble either aggressive and dominant or fearful and submissive moods.
With Black-tailed Jackrabbits, males start looking for a female partner to spend his time with at the young age of seven months old. The females start becoming interested and allowing men to get closer to them in their first year too. The women usually breed in spring in their second year. Jackrabbits make a lot of babies called leverets or bunnies. The females typically give birth to several litters a year, each with one to six young. The young mature quickly and require little care from their mothers.
Black-tailed Jackrabbits are speedy little animals that are capable of hopping at a speed of 40 miles an hour. Jackrabbits aren’t scientifically labeled as rabbits; instead, they are considered hares. Hares are born with fur and appear to be bigger than rabbits. They have taller hind legs and cute, long ears.
Flamingoes have high standards! They wait until they are six years old to find a mate within their colony. These colonies are extremely large, so luckily, there is never trouble trying to find one. What’s the rush? Flamingoes do prefer pair off with one partner, but to do so, they need to engage in a variety of courtship rituals in order to find their true mate and impress them. Flamingos apparently only breed when it’s raining. Isn’t that romantic?
Flamingos are famously known for their beautiful pink feathers, I mean, isn’t that fascinating? When a flamingo is born, they are born white and change color as they mature. Flamingo parents identify their baby chicks by their voices. After three weeks, the adults herd their young into large groups so they can start to look for food on their own.
Sows (females) have a gestation period of 59 to 72 days and give birth to litters of three or four babies on average. However, they can actually have as many as 13 babies at one time. Wow, now that’s called reproduction. Though pups nurse for nutrition, they can also eat solid food as soon as they are born. Now that’s impressive. There’s finally a group of mums out there not breaking their backs.
If Guinea pigs are handled early in life, they become used to being picked up, rarely biting or scratching. They are timid explorers and often try attempting an escape when an opportunity presents itself. Their biggest problem is motion. Guinea pigs are able to jump over small obstacles but are poor climbers, and are not particularly agile. Clumsy little fellas.
Swans mate for life and really like to take things slow, they pair up for about a year before breeding. Snow-white tundra swans breed in the Arctic. Have you heard that old wives tale about swans that mate for life, they remain mute until their last dying breath where they begin to sing? Well, that’s not true! Swans do mate for life; however, they make plenty of noise together!
Many bird species can be monogamous for a season or two but it’s very rare for them to spend a lifetime together. Did you know that swans can be aggressive protectors and are able to fight off predators, such as foxes? They like to nest close to wetlands that contain pondweed. They line their big, nests made from sticks with grasses and moss.
Well, here’s another species that will have you thinking, ‘bad, bad animals!’ Even though these two look like they are sharing a romantic moment, they are absolutely not. These naughty females have numerous amount of sexual partners. What they do is collect eggs, storing them from different males until she is ready to come ashore and begin nesting. I guess it’s good because this way, they manage to help genetic diversity among their population.
Sea turtles come in various different shapes, sizes, and colors. Their upper shells range in color, shape, length, and arrangement of scales. They are beautiful. After many, many years of research, there is still no way to determine exactly how old a sea turtle could be from its physical appearance. Research shows that some species can live to be over 100 years old.
Doves are still often involved in weddings, either literally or artistically because they are symbols of a lifetime of love. Many dove species are lifelong mates and some only for breeding seasons. Regardless, doves are monogamous while they are together. A male and female start looking for a mate at the ages of six and eight months old and manage to raise at least two families in their lifetime.
Doves live in a large variety of various habitats, ranging from tropical rainforests to deserts. Different kinds of species usually live in different ecosystems. Human activities have driven multiple species to their extinction. Doves residing on islands are at risk because of human disturbance. Their primary threats are hunting and habitat destruction.
Not to be mean but have you ever heard the term ‘village bicycle’? Well, a female rat can mate up to 500 times with numerous males during 6 hours of receptivity—a state the female experiences about 15 times per year. Therefore, a pair of rats could produce up to 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked. The rat’s average life span is two to three years.
A mouse or rat can eat up to 20 times a day. Therefore, usually building their homes close to their food sources, intending only to have to travel up to 314 inches from their burrows to find their food. Back in 1928, Mickey Mouse was the first mouse-character that was used in kids’ cartoons and animation. Mouse-characters are still popular like Speedy Gonzales, Jerry from Tom and Jerry, and Stuart Little.
It’s not often that you hear of or see wild miniature horses. Humans often breed them and keep them in captivity on their farms or ranches. However, a pair of horses aren’t monogamous. Instead, they form strong, long-term, loyal relationships within their herd. Herds are usually composed of one or more stallions, a few mature mares, and a few colts and fillies.
These little guys are even smaller than small ponies, they could measure up to a maximum of 38 inches tall, and they make the perfect little companion horses. Miniature horses are the adorable and tiny little horses mostly seen pulling one-person carts or participating in therapeutic work.
Female pigs are able to reproduce twice a year to litters of 12 piglets. Wild pigs can give birth to a litter of 14 piglets at a time. These piglets will stay in their nets for up to 10 days and are weaned after three months. Did you know that wild pigs can live up to the age of 20 years old? Now that sounds like a long and happy life. They actually do have a fascinating life:
Pigs cuddle close to each other and prefer sleeping nose to nose. They dream as much as humans would. In their natural surroundings, pigs and piglets spend hours on hours playing, sunbathing, and exploring. Pigs are extremely intelligent animals. They are curious and insightful and are accepted as being smarter than a young child at the age of 3, some dogs, and even primates.
Roosters have a somewhat confined courtship ritual compared to other birds. The amount of ‘romancing’ differs among individuals too. When a rooster wants a hen, he kind of walks over to her on his tiptoes and struts around her a few times. After they’ve finished their short but sweet ‘business,’ he then fluffs his feathers and walks off in a boastful way. The funny thing is a hen doesn’t necessarily need a rooster. She will lay eggs and live a full and happy life with or without a rooster.
Baby chickens are called chicks. Female chickens are known as pullets until they become of age and lay eggs, growingbecoming hens. Male chickens are referred to as roosters, cocks, or cockerels, depending on the country you’re in. These cute little chickens are omnivores. They will eat seeds and insects; however, they also enjoy larger prey like small mice and lizards.
You would probably assume that crocodiles would have many different mates in their lifetime. However, scientists showed that females have been known to stand by their man, year after year. So, it does seem like there is a bit of pair-bonding going on in the world of crocodilians. It’s not exactly the best romance storybook seeing there are a lot that play the field out there. Together forever, almost.
The muscles that open a crocodile’s jaw are not that powerful? Strong people could possibly hold a crocodile’s jaw shut with their bare hands. That doesn’t mean you should go and try that now. A saltwater crocodile is one of the largest species of crocodiles. Some crocodile species can weigh more than 2,645 pounds. Isn’t that fascinating?
Polar bears work a bit differently compared to a lot of mammals. Polar bears follow the rhythm of their internal clocks from season to season. When April comes around and the snow begins to melt, and the days become longer, the male polar bears start looking for a mate by the seaside. What’s even more impressive is that the male bears become of age ranging from six to ten and the females between four and six. Nonetheless, the male will stay with the woman for a few days after finding one another before going their separate ways.
Polar bears have been classed as marine mammals because they spend the majority of their lives in the Arctic Ocean for their food and habitat, polar bears are the only species that have been considered marine mammals. A polar bear’s fur is translucent. The fur only appears white because it manages to reflect visible light. Beneath that thick fur, their skin is black.
Walruses usually live in gender-separated herds and females, mostly never leaving their herds at all, for at least 30 years. Walruses only begin searching for a mate between the ages of 10 to 15 years old around December to March. The females only seek a mate once every two years or so. Isn’t that an odd way to live life? I mean, I could see myself being with my girl’s group but not 24/7.
A walrus isn’t referred to as Giants of the Arctic for no reason! An adult walrus is usually about 7.25 to 11.5 feet in height and weigh up to 1.5 tons, that’s 3000 pounds. That is equivalent to the weight of a small car! They gather in large numbers, with different groups of walruses, herds. Herds are segregated by gender sometimes, with females and males having their own herds.
Koala bears, well, when you hear how long this little female is pregnant for, you might be jealous a bit. The female stays pregnant for a whopping 35 days, generally giving birth once a year for the next 10 to 15 years. The young stay in their mother’s pouch for the next six months before emerging for the first time and then after this period, they will spend the next six to twelve months riding on their mothers back.
Koala bears are found in eucalyptus forests in eastern Australia. They have a grey coat with a cream-colored chest and extremely strong clawed feet. The perfect tool for living in the branches of trees! Although you may call them koala bears, these cute animals aren’t actually from the bear family; they are marsupials. Most marsupials have small pouches where their newborns would develop.
Ostriches are monogamous, mating for life. Ostriches form bisexual groups with very complex structures in place. Males help their mates incubate and usually the males with the most black feathers sit on the eggs during the night. During the day, the mother will sit on their eggs, protecting them. Once the young ones hatch, it is usually the father who will look after them until they are old enough to fend for themselves.
Ostriches spend the winter and breeding season in pairs, and even sometimes during extremely dry seasons. They live in nomadic herds of about 5 to 50 birds, which are led by a hen. They often graze with animals such as zebras or antelopes. The wild ostrich population has been declining drastically over the last 200 years. The most surviving birds are at game parks or on farms.
Well, funny enough, the males are polygamous and the females are monogamous. Once a female has mated with a male, she will not tolerate another male once she’s been ‘spoken’ for, if you will. Raccoons have quite a large window when it comes to mating seasons. Once the female is pregnant, she will separate herself from the group to raise her newly born kits on her own. The female will only stay with her newborns until the age of 13-14 months old.
Raccoons are named after their unique hands. Native Americans were the first ones to notice and bring attention to their unusual paws. If you have a look at them, they are pretty cute. In the English dictionary, the word ‘raccoon’ comes from the Powhatan word, which is ‘aroughcun’, meaning ‘animal that scratches with its hands.’
These frogs have a very odd way of reproducing. We don’t have enough information regarding their romantic lives together. However, one thing we know for sure is that they are not monogamous. The males can spend a whole day trying to fertilize their eggs but while doing so, another male might force him to move, hijack the fertilization process.
Red-eyed tree frogs spend the majority of the time in big tropical leaves. They aren’t poisonous at all. That doesn’t mean you should go along and kiss a frog now. These small frogs rely on camouflage as a precaution. During the day, they stay very still. They cover their blue sides with their behind legs by tucking their bright webbed feet underneath their stomach and close their red eyes.
Ladybugs are known to lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. Once they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately start feeding. Each species of ladybugs have their own ways of attracting a mate. However, once they find each other, they only stay together for a period of two hours, and then Au Revoir.
Did you know that a ladybug is named after the Virgin Mary, regardless of their gender? Ladybug species have arrived in parts of the world where they were never found. They’ve been able to spread in a few ways. In some cases, people bring them over to combat agricultural pests or the beetles simply hitched a ride on some imported goods.
When female llamas are 12 to 18 months old, they are ready to find their mate and begin a family. Llamas don’t have a specific heat cycle but are induced ovulators. The regular weaning period for the cria is sometimes up to five months, depending on their general health. These cute llamas communicate with each other by ear position, body language, spitting and humming.
The current population of these cute alpacas and llamas in South America is estimated to be 7 million. There are currently 100,000 alpacas and 158,000 llamas in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a fun fact: Llamas are well aware of their limits. If you had to try and overload a llama with too much weight (please let them be free), the llama would likely lie down or refuse to move.
This is no romantic story, but snow leopards usually have a solitary nature. Yes, sometimes males and females are seen together during mating seasons and other times, we might see mothers with their young cubs. Once a cub reaches two years old, they head out to begin a life of their own.
Snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans at all. There has never been a verified attack on humans before, isn’t that interesting? They generally are between 34 – 50 inches long, excluding the tail. Their tails range between 31 – 41 inches long. Thank goodness Cruella Deville wasn’t aware of these babies. Snow leopards have beautiful long, thick fur, and their color varies from smoky gray to an off-white tan, with white a tint.
Dolphins aren’t typically monogamous; they don’t usually mate for life. However, they are warm and graceful toward one another in general. They have enough love to go around for everyone. The men in general, form powerful bonds with their male friends and the females form weakish relationships with the other females in their pods.
Dolphins have playful attitudes, which makes them loved among humans. They are seen jumping out of the water, they ride waves, play fight, and occasionally interact with humans swimming in the water. They have incredible eyesight and hearing, along with an ability to use echolocation to find the exact location of objects they are looking for. Unfortunately, their species face extinction like many other sea animals and creatures.
Beavers are absolute romantics at heart and they are definitely monogamous. Yay. Dams are actually started by a young male who is looking for love or by a ‘mated-for-life’ new couple. In general, a whole beaver family will live in a single dam, which includes the dad, the mom, kids and yearlings. Beavers build dams for easy water access and to protect themselves from dangers such as wolves, coyotes and bears.
Those two large front teeth of the beaver actually never stop growing. They constantly gnaw on wood, which helps keep their teeth from growing too long. A beaver has a perfect sense of smell, hearing, and touch. Beavers have poor eyesight but have transparent eyelids that allow them to see underwater.
Though it’s not common, some deer are monogamous. During mating season, it’s not so simple finding a partner. There seems to be quite the competition when it comes to winning the attention of a female. They play hard to get. A male deer will use their antlers to get the attention of a female deer. But once they have impressed the lady, they may begin their journey together.
Deer don’t have families in a traditional sense. Some deer, like whitetail deer, are not faithful. They do not mate for life, let alone for more than a few days out of a year. Once the doe has had her fawn, she will wait until the fawn is strong enough and then she will leave it when she goes off to feed. The mother deer will avoid coming close to their young during the day to avoid drawing the attention of predators.
Okay, it’s about to get weird now. Snails are simultaneous hermaphrodites which means that they possess both male and woman reproduction organs! However, land slugs find partners and engage in courtship rituals. I know this sounds weird considering they are hermaphrodites. However, they do require another partner to lay eggs. Well, I’ll be damned. Slap me silly and call me Sally!
There are three different kinds of snails. You have land snails, freshwater snails, and sea snails. They can either have lungs or gills, depending on their species and their natural habitats. As a snail moves along, they leave behind a trail of mucus, those shiny lines on the floor? Their mucous acts as a lubricant to decrease surface friction. This also allows the snail to move upside down as well.
Okay, so these aren’t necessarily a couple, but who said two lions couldn’t caress each others’ heads? These are the best of buddies and they’re as cute as can be. When you have that much hair on your mane, it doesn’t hurt to get a friend to help scratch each other! Lion snuggles look absolutely adorable. However, they betray the evidence of the often violent life that lions lead.
Head rubbing is something dominated by males. Whenever you find lions engaged in head rubbing, you will generally find the recipient to be another male lion. I guess there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Lions live typically in prides that consists of one primary male, one or two ‘lesser’ males, and several females. The primary male mates with his lionesses and the females might also mate with more than one partner.
Well, this is no romantic love story either. There isn’t a specific dating season for snakes. Whenever a man is interested in finding a female, he’ll find one, work his magic and then GTFO. They will not seek out the same female next time. Cold, just like your blood. Mothers do not look after their youngers. Some snakes will stay with their eggs until they hatch and some will snakes youngers develop inside of them too.
These two snakes are literally tangled up in their love for each other. If anyone has a fear of snakes, they should just look at this photo and POOF the fear is gone. How can you possibly be scared of something like this? Well, then again, they could easily be smothering each other for all we know. I mean, some people smother others with their love (ahem – moms! – ahem).