As it turns out, humans aren’t the only animals accustomed to planting kisses on one another. Check out the following photo compilation for ten different species who also get caught up in the moment!
Squirrels “kiss” as a way of identifying one another, sniffing his partner’s neck gland for a familiar scent.
In a group, meerkats often groom and “kiss” the faces of their alpha members, both after they’ve been scent-marked as subordinate, and when certain members return to the group after a brief separation.
3. African Gray Parrots!
Many parrot breeds (including the African Gray Parrot above), “kiss” one another in the wild out of acceptance, affection, and/or attachment – sometimes this may include one parrot’s (all too generously) sharing its nearly-digested lunch with its partner.
“Billing,” the technical term for puffin kissing, consists of two puffins rubbing their beaks together; it is typically performed when the two begin their courting. And because puffins are so community-oriented, it’s said that a couple engaging in billing is wont to attract an audience of puffin spectators around them!
5. Blue Vervets!
Blue vervet monkeys “kiss” as part of a greeting – before play or grooming – by touching their muzzles together.
6. Polar Bears!
Polar bears may “kiss” one another to show affection, especially in the spirit of reconciliation.
Observations of chimpanzees report that after a fight, members of this species make up by embracing and kissing one another!
While mating, a snail caresses its partner’s antennae as an expression of emotion.
Cows will “kiss” one another for hours as a show of their affection.
When two elephants meet, each “kisses” by affectionately sticking its trunk in the other elephant’s mouth.