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Tasmanian Sweethearts

📸 by @davewalshphoto

Much like the males of other species during mating season, male tasmanian devils have to fight off other males for the opportunity to mate.

Once that’s been established, the winner moves on to the next round – Tasmanian Devil Fight 2: Electric Boogaloo

Ya thats right, they have to fight the female next.

During estrous (the fancy word for baby making season) female Tasmanian Devils develop a roll of fluid under the skin on the back of their neck.

This special fold is super important in the breeding process, as it will allow the male to drag the female into his den and hold her in submission in order to complete copulation.

If the male is unable to grab hold of this roll and subdue her, the female will either get up and run away OR turn around and beat the living shit out of him.

This is the only way they reproduce, proven by the fact that females unable to grow this special spot for the male to grab onto were unable to be inseminated.

Once the babies are born, the fighting starts again – this time between the newborns.

Tasmanian devils give birth to 20 – 30 pups, but the mother is only equipped with 4 nipples – so from the moment they are born, these tiny devils are in a fight to be fed and roughly 70% of them will starve to death.

In any case, its everyone’s favourite Hallmark Holiday, so happy day to all that are celebrating.

Fun fact about Valentine’s Day: Some trace its origins to a Christian effort to replace a pagan fertility festival that has been dated as far back as the 6th century B.C.

During the festival of Lupercalia, Roman priests would sacrifice goats and dogs and use their blood-soaked hides to slap women on the streets, as a fertility blessing.

According to legend, women would later put their names in an urn and be selected to be paired with a man for a year.

#natureismetal