07/30/2011 02:48 pm ET | Updated Jul 30, 2011

Animal Mating Rituals (PHOTOS)

Forget dating, makeup, flowers, and Facebook pokes.

These animals beat all of our human methods of wining and dining. From painful barbs to home beautification, some animals go to the extreme when it comes to mating.

If you're traumatized after learning about these mating rituals, feel free to go back to gentler material, like this baby elephant taking down a kiddie pool, or Lego animals at the Bronx Zoo, or baby animals falling asleep. But for now, brace yourself:


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