Some animals mate for life

Did you know that humans aren’t the only species in the animal kingdom looking for their special someone? Out in the wild, beavers, river otters, wolves, seahorses, and barn owls are just some of the adorable animals that mate for life.⁠

As you know, finding that special someone to spend your life with can be hard. That’s why FetchaDate created an online space to connect you with other like-minded pet lovers. Unfortunately for our wild friends, there’s no swiping right to find their perfect match.

As the human species, we do our best to mate for life but it’s not necessarily in the DNA like other species.

Keep reading to learn about three animals looking for love. You never know what you might learn from someone else’s relationship!

Significant otter

River otters are known to seek out a mate that they hope to spend the rest of their lives with. While they don’t spend their days swiping left and right, they do spend their nights perfecting their whistle. It’s this whistle that they call out in the night to their hopeful mate. If she whistles back, game on! From there on, their lives together are spent raising pups, building dens, and most importantly playing together. It’s the time spent playing together that researchers believe is the backbone of their lasting relationships.


Otter partnership comes naturally.

“Our lives and relationships are better, brighter, and more fun when we remember to play,” says Dr. John Gottman, an American psychological researcher and clinician. “For many couples, play and fun is often the first thing to go in a relationship and the last thing to get done on the “to do” list,” he states in his book Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. From beach days to ice skating to a cooking class, let’s all be a little more like an otter and never forget to have fun and play with our significant others.


Owl you need is love

The romantic barn owl works hard to impress his potential mate and never lets the flame burn out in their lifelong relationship. To impress his potential mate, the male barn owl works tirelessly to perfect his nest. He makes sure every last twig is just so for his companion and their future chicks. If the nest meets her expectations, she will choose him as her lifelong partner, and they will return to their nest every season.

A pair of barn owls snuggling.

But the male barn owl doesn’t show his mate how much he cares about her just during the breeding season. Barn owls are commonly spotted grooming one another, leaning against one another, and even rubbing cheeks. Studies show that affection is proven to lower stress levels, release feel-good hormones, and strengthen relationship bonds. So, take it from the barn owl; affection all year round makes any relationship a hoot!


Plenty of fish in the sea

There may be lots of fish in the sea, but the committed angelfish usually want to spend time with their lifelong partner. While monogamy is not common in fish, angelfish are rarely seen alone in the wild. The couple works together to defend their territory, forage, and prepare their nest. For this couple, it’s teamwork that makes the dream work! Even when one of the angelfish passes, the widower isn’t known to find another mate.

A pair of vibrant Blue Faced Angel fish swim on a colorful reef.

Many people who’ve had them in aquariums also acknowledge that it’s difficult to have the angelfish partner, again noting they are not easily adaptable for change. Some say if their angelfish did (so they could acquire other colors), it may have been simply for lack of options.


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