Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day is stressful. Maybe you’ve been making eyes at a guy or gal, and it seems like time is right for some grand gesture. Or maybe you did the hard part, found someone great, and you don’t want to disappoint. We can look at books, or art, or history for inspiration. At Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything, at Nebuchadnezzer II, who built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to “ease the homesickness of his wife Amytis.” But love and life are primal things, and for some inspiration, some proof that you’re not doing it wrong—or that you are—there is no better place to look than in the animal kingdoms around us.
- by Emily and Martin Connelly