Despite the advancements of science and everything we know about the natural world, the individuality of fingerprints is a still a shocking fact to wrap one’s head around. Every single human being has a unique set of fingerprints. What about others in the animal kingdom?
As we’ve explored in previous features, animal sexual relationships can be as loving as the human variety, but also – and again like humans – can sometimes lean towards strangeness and darkness. It therefore shouldn’t surprise us that just as sex can place humans at risk from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), the same applies to the animal kingdom. Or, as Dr Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a consultant for the Los Angeles zoo, told the Huffington Post rather more bluntly: “wild animals don’t practice safe sex – of course they have STIs!”.