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Anecdotes from the Archive

Anecdotes from the Archive

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Was This Gazelle's Death an Accident or a Suicide?

Gazelles have polygynous mating habits. Usually, males will mate with many different females throughout their lifetimes. Yet, this short article from the August 14, 1847, Scientific American suggests a monogamous bond between gazelle that was so strong it produced a tragic ending:

While the article suggests grief to be the culprit of the male gazelle’s suicide, it seems improbable unless their captive lifestyle led to a monogamous relationship...

STAFFMay 24, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

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