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Male jaguar rivals pair up for years in unexpected bromances

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Rival male jaguars are unexpectedly teaming up for years at a time to search for mates, researchers have found. 

Male jaguars are usually solitary creatures that spend the majority of their lives wandering alone in the wilderness, only crossing paths with other jaguars to mate with females or to defend their territory from rivals. 

However, in an unexpected twist, researchers have uncovered evidence of rare and never-before-seen male jaguar (Panthera onca) pairs that live closely alongside one another for up to seven years. The big cats likely form these unlikely alliances because potential female mates have become more geographically concentrated, which has forced the male big cats to share individual territories between them.  


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