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Aside from humans, are there other animals which engage in prostitution?

penguins matingBelieve it or not, prostitution is not unique to humans.  In the wild, some female penguins will exchange sexual favors with strange males for the pebbles they need to build their nests.

According to the observations of zoologist Fiona Hunter, penguin "hookers" usually target single males to avoid confrontations with their "client's" female partner.

There are some instances when the prostitute penguins trick the males. They carry out the elaborate courtship ritual, which usually leads to mating. Having bagged their stone, they would then run off.

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