In the human world, finding an appropriate mate can often take some time. While it can sometimes take just a few hours, the human mating ritual can often take weeks or months as couples go on numerous dates and get comfortable with each other. In the animal kingdom, most creatures don’t have that kind of time to spend wining and dining because most animals don’t live that long. Instead, the whole process of mating is often much more straightforward with males somehow attracting the attention of a female long enough to perform their task before moving on.
The following video looks at some of the weirdest mating rituals ever observed in the animal world. Ahead you’ll find creatures of all shapes and sizes with a range of mating rituals that will make you chuckle, cringe or even look away. The diversity of these weird mating rituals really shows how various species have evolved over time – although judging by some of the rituals ahead you’ll think some animals have evolved a bit more than others. From building intricate structures, to using their best dance moves to putting on a display that defies reason, each of the following creatures definitely stands out when it comes time to find a mate.