Further informationThe time that animals who mate and commit will spend with their mate can be anywhere from a few months (like a season) to years. A very small group of animals will even mate for life - 3-5% out of 4,000 mammals, and that number doesn’t even include humans. But it does include otters, beavers, some species of wolves, bats, and even rodents. And some of these animals take their commitment quite seriously - the prairie vole (a small rodent) is so devoted to his mate that he will attack other females who even dare to come near him!
Does your city have a zoo or wildlife observatory? Perhaps you can visit it and take a look at the different animals! Can you see two beavers working together on their dam? A family of mice sharing their food? How about different species of birds and the many ways they help each other?
When you get home, write a story about all of the animal families you saw that day!
Sources & links
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