"This is my apartment. I share it with three other rabbits I met on Craigslist."
Most people associate big cities with rats, pigeons, and cockroaches, and they wouldn't be all that wrong. But in parts of Europe (and Chicago, weirdly, but that's a different story), some urban areas have a pretty sizeable population of wild rabbits. Can you even imagine? Rabbits. Just, like, running around in public parks like squirrels. Be still my cold, city-dwelling heart.
We've brought you stories about some of the more interesting techniques animals will go to to improve, even slightly, their chances at breeding. Heck, you barely need us for that -- head down to your local watering hole any Friday night and you'll no doubt get to glimpse folks going to some lengths for the chance to land a mate, even (or especially) just for one evening. A study published online today in the journal Biology Letters
suggests that we may have a winner in the "weird ways to get freaky" sweepstakes, though. Researchers studying the Atlantic molly, a small tropical fish related to the guppy, found that some smaller, less dominant examples of Atlantic molly manhood have developed a curious mating tactic -- to improve their chances of breeding with a female, they will first copulate with other males to demonstrate their sexual fitness.