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7 lovesick animals, birds and fish

Spring is in the air and so is romance if these cute photos are anything to go by, says Sarah Riches

Sea otters (Visit California)

1. Koalas

Koalas kissing in the Adelaide Hills (George Papanicolaou)

Koalas kissing in the Adelaide Hills (George Papanicolaou)

These kissing koalas in Australia’s Adelaide Hills may look sweet, but for the females, the mating ritual isn’t quite so desirable. It starts with the male bellowing and burping and is over pretty quickly. Oh dear.

2. American flamingos

Flamingo Wetlands, Pittsburgh (Colton Bolender)

Flamingo Wetlands, Pittsburgh (Colton Bolender)

These coral-hued American flamingos are so close their necks form a heart. Their close proximity is a sign of bonding. Look out for them in the wetlands in the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

3. Japanese macaques

Monkeys in Oita, Japan (Visit Kyushu)

Monkeys in Oita, Japan (Visit Kyushu)

A monkey reserve home to 1,500 wild Japanese macaques sits at the base of Mount Takasaki, a 628m high mountain between Beppu and Oita cities in Kyushu, Japan. These two monkeys are hugging to stay warm during winter.

4. Kangaroos

Kangaroos in Deep Creek Conservation Park, South Australia (Ryan Formosa Photography)

Kangaroos in Deep Creek Conservation Park, South Australia (Ryan Formosa Photography)

Indigenous to Australia, these marsupials would do well on dating apps as they’re social, affectionate and family orientated. You can find them cuddling up to one another on Kangaroo Island of course, as well as in Murramarang National Park, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Lucky Bay and Grampians National Park.

5. Red-crowned cranes

Red crowned cranes (www.japan.travel)

Red crowned cranes (www.japan.travel)

Red-crowned cranes are considered a symbol of fidelity in Japan, as they mate for life. See them unite for their wedding dance in the Kushiro marshlands on Hokkaido, Japan’s most northern island – the only place in the world where they are resident all year round.

6. Sea otters

Sea otters holding hands (Visit California)

Sea otters holding hands (Visit California)

These adorable otters, found along the Big Sur off the coast of California, link paws while they sleep to make sure they don’t drift away from each other. We like to think it’s also because they’re so in love…

7. Clownfish

Clownfish in Tahiti (Gregory Lecoeur)

Clownfish in Tahiti (Gregory Lecoeur)

This pair of clownfish are snuggling into their anemone home in the coral reefs around the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

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