New studies have revealed that female red squirrels are so promiscuous, they have up to 14 partners A DAY!!
After much research, scientists have discovered that it isn't a hereditary gene in the squirrels, but rather just depends on opportunity. Female squirrels have a very high promiscuity level and male squirrels are usually ready and willing! Seriously!
Researcher Eryn McFarlane says:
"We found the more males in the area interested in participating in the mating chase, the more squirrels she will mate with. There are no strong ties between mating behaviour and genetics in red squirrels. So even if the costs of mating with many males outweighs the benefits, there doesn't seem to be much capacity for them to evolve lower levels of promiscuity."
Unfortunately, while it may seem like a huge perk, there are some negative setbacks. McFarlane adds:
"Having multiple partners means more energy expended on mating, increased exposure to predators as well as increased potential for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Promiscuity also encourages harassment from male squirrels trying to coerce them into having sex."
That's so crazy!! Seems like squirrels are more like humans than we've ever imagined.
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