on the dangers of sympathetic magic when choosing one’s national animal

“With no colourful plumage or a beautiful song to attract his mate, the male kiwi has developed the strategy of persistence. He follows her about, grunting. If uninterested, she may run away, or use her greater weight and size to see him off. However, if she is interested, mating takes place, three or more times a night during the peak of activity.”

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“The kiwi female calls the shots during mating. If she loses interest she may wander away, leaving the male in an undignified heap on the ground.”

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2 Responses to “on the dangers of sympathetic magic when choosing one’s national animal”

  1.   bruce
    August 3rd, 2015 | 9:11 pm

    trouble with the love life, or is this why you have rebranded as an ungulate?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lek_mating

    Billy Reply:

    Nah, just seemed funny, and worth noting for posterity. An amusingly disquieting reflection.