Animal attraction! Kangaroos kiss, snails smooch and owls share a peck as creatures cosy up ahead of Valentine’s Day in heart-warming pictures
- From bear cubs showering mothers with hugs and kisses, to snakes wooing their other halves, love is in the air
- Cute couples include owls in Berkshire, kissing kangaroos in Western Australia and loved-up zebras in Kenya
- There is some evidence that animals are capable of experiencing the same range of emotions as humans
This romantic series of pictures proves that Valentine’s Day is for animals too, with creatures from all around the world on their quest for a perfect match or showing affection to their families.
From bear cubs showering their mothers with hugs and kisses, to snakes wooing their other halves with unique dance moves, it’s clear that love is in the air.
Cute couples include owls in Berkshire, kissing kangaroos in Western Australia and loved-up zebras in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
According to Psychology Today, it is unknown whether animals can experience romantic relationships but there is some evidence that they are capable of experiencing the same range of emotions as humans.
And there are lots of animals who mate for life and live a completely monogamous lifestyle. These include gibbons, wolves, beavers, barn owls and swans.
While monogamy in mammals is fairly rare, with only three to nine per cent of them committing, roughly 90 per cent of birds are thought to be monogamous.
This romantic series of pictures proves that Valentine’s Day is for animals too, with creatures from all around the world on their quest for a perfect match or showing affection to their families. Pictured is a mother bear playing a game of peekaboo with her son before they share a kiss
These two loved-up snails were caught sharing a kiss on some mushrooms during sunrise. It is unknown whether animals can definitely experience romantic relationships
Two lizards share an embrace on a flower, and one even appears to be bringing the other a bouquet. Two kangaroos are caught mid-kiss in Western Australia
A cheeky zebra couple were spotted having a romantic snuggle in the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya
A mother seal and her pup are seen sharing an affectionate and caring kiss to show their love for one another
Two Prairie Dogs, herbivorous burrowing rodents, share an awkward kiss on top of a mound of dirt in Holland
Two enamoured rat snakes from Machan forest, in the Western Ghats of India, are seen entwining themselves with each other
A female sea lion affectionately plants a kiss on another adorable sea lion at Volunteer Point in East Falklands
Two fish are caught locking lips underwater in a romantic display of affection near the seabed. Some fish, such as the French angelfish, mate for life
Two owls who appear utterly devoted to each other are seen kissing on a tree stump with their eyes closed in Berkshire, England
This loved-up Magellanic penguin pair certainly aren’t afraid of public displays of affection as they happily cuddle, hug, rub each other and even pose for a cheesy couples portrait with their heads right next to one another