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What are the mating rituals of various animals?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Sex isn't always a bed of roses - especially in the animal kingdom. The leopard and lion, for example, actually hurt the female during intercourse. The leopard will have sex every 15 minutes for four days and has a barb-like protuberance on its penis that hurts the female upon removal. He also bites her neck, and this demonstration of stamina as well as the pain it causes in the female prompts release of a ripe egg for fertilization. Sex isn't always sensual; the pain aspect helps dissuade the female from mating with others.
Many male animals, from hippos to horses, grimace - flaring their nostrils (this is called Flehman response) when they're so they can sense the females who might be receptive or are in heat. The grimace also opens glands in the back of the throat near the tonsils that are designed to sense the female pheromone and bring the couple together - once the male proves himself against other males, and is accepted by the female. The human male almost certainly has those glands in the roof of the mouth.

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