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Observatory – Male Antelopes Scare Partners Into Sex –

Posted: June 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Observatory – Male Antelopes Scare Partners Into Sex –

Apparently, male antelopes have a clever – if underhanded (hoofed?) – method of keeping possible mates around. They will trick females in heat into believing that there is a dangerous predator nearby, should they try to leave the area.

"When a female appears to be leaving, the male will run in front of her, freeze in place, stare in the direction that she is going and snort loudly. Typically, that snort means that a predatory lion or cheetah was spotted, but in this case the male is faking it."

When the discoverer, Dr. Jakob Bro-Jorgensen, was asked if this behavior might translate to humans, he said: "We are masters of deception, so of course you can speculate."

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