Why are trumpeter swans so amazing?

5 Jul

Have you ever had someone tell you, “Trumpeter swans mate for life!  Isn’t that so cool.”  It’s a statement that reinforces monogamous value sets.  However I personally think it does just the opposite.

The reason people point out the trumpeter swam as a monogamous animal is because 99% of the animal kingdom is NOT monogamous.  In all arenas of the animal kingdom sexual exclusivity is rare, not the norm.  Even in socially monogamous species, species whose male/female partners pair to raise offspring, the majority of those are not sexually exclusive.  90% of birds are socially monogamous while 30% of eggs in a nest are sired by someone other than the resident male.  Given the overwhelming evidence that the animal kingdom is largely non-monogamous, which do you think humans are?

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