“ Keats, too, complained that Newton had destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by explaining it. By more general implication, science is poetry’s killjoy, dry and cold, cheerless, overbearing and lacking in everything that a young Romantic might desire. To proclaim the opposite is one purpose of this…It is my thesis that the spirit of wonder which led Blake to Christian mysticism, Keats to Arcadian myth and Yeats to Fenians and fairies, is the very same spirit that moves great scientists; a spirit which, if fed back to poets in scientific guise, might inspire still greater poetry.
— from "Unweaving the Rainbow", by Richard Dawkins
Masters of disguise. The eastern screech owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, U.S.A. | image by Graham McGeorge
Evidently bats understand just how important foreplay is when it comes to worthwhile sex.
Male flying foxes have been observed grooming their genital organ prior to mating attempts, leading to arousal. They will then approach a female who will give something of a chase, backing away for approximately a minute. The female will then stop and allow the male to perform cunnilingus before mounting her. After copulation is through, the actions of the male depend on which species of bat you’re observing. Some will resume cunnilingus, while others will groom their own genitals once more. The current theory is that oral sex is important for competition, as it can clean the genitals of a previous mate’s sperm, and it also leads to longer sex.