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Title: The Mating Game


1
The Mating Game
  • Welcome to another exciting edition of The
    Mating Game, where successful reproduction is
    what its all about!
  • We all know that choosing the right partner helps
    you pass on your genes to the next generation,
    but choosing the wrong one can send you straight
    down an evolutionary dead end! Are you all ready
    to play?!

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Game Play
  • In the tradition of all good role play ,
  • Flash cards tell exactly what you say!
  • But my friends, what they have not got.
  • Are the pairings thats up to you lot!
  • Help our contestants find their mates.
  • In the game some questions they will state.
  • Consider how well they suit each other.
  • So they might make some wee sisters and
    brothers!!!

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Introducing Darren the Great Crested Grebe
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  • Host It's time for a new round of The Mating
    Game! Please welcome Darren, a three-year-old
    great crested grebe visiting us here from his
    pond in Bavaria. Tell us a bit about yourself,
    Darren.
  • Darren Well, like you said, Larry, I'm a great
    crested grebe. I guess I'd call myself a romantic
    -- I'm really looking for that one special
    female. I'm a good dancer, I love giving gifts,
    and I hope to someday build a great little nest
    with that special someone!
  • Host We all know how important it is to get
    one's genes into the next generation. For Darren
    and other grebes, that requires a strong pair
    bond a reproductive pact between the male and
    female that is solidified through ritualized
    activities such as dancing, gift giving, and nest
    building. These activities help ensure that each
    mate is fully committed to raising and protecting
    the young. Darren may be a romantic, but that
    doesn't mean he's impractical.
  • Host Darren, behind each of the three curtains
    before you sits a different creature -- but only
    one of them is the female great crested grebe of
    your dreams! Because you seem very discriminating
    in your tastes, you shouldn't have much
    difficulty distinguishing a fellow grebe from
    another species. But ask your questions wisely --
    you may have more in common with another species
    than you think!

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Darren the Great Crested Grebe
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  • Question 1 What would a dream suitor bring to
    you on a first date?
  • Question 2 If you were to have children, how may
    would you hope to have?
  • Question 3 If I pick you, where do you see us in
    a year?

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Darren s Bachelorette 1
  • Question 1 What would a dream suitor bring to
    you on a first date?
  • Answer 1 Bottom vegetation is always a great
    thrill.
  • Question 2 If you were to have children, how may
    would you hope to have?
  • Answer 2 Per year? Six.
  • Question 3 If I pick you, where do you see us in
    a year?
  • Answer 3 We'll be together, I hope, but it
    depends a bit on how well things go between us
    this year.

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Darren s Bachelorette 2
  • Question 1 What would a dream suitor bring to
    you on a first date?
  • Answer 1 I 'm interested in the suitor, not the
    gift. If I could find someone who would just
    latch on and never let go, I'd be ecstatic.
  • Question 2 If you were to have children, how may
    would you hope to have?
  • Answer 2 Several hundred would be a dream come
    true.
  • Question 3 If I pick you, where do you see us in
    a year?
  • Answer 3 We'd be inseparable, for as long as we
    live.

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Darren s Bachelorette 3
  • Question 1 What would a dream suitor bring to
    you on a first date?
  • Answer 1 You know, I don't really date much,
    so... I don't have any idea.
  • Question 2 If you were to have children, how may
    would you hope to have?
  • Answer 2 I haven't thought much about children,
    but I guess 6,000 would be a successful year.
  • Question 3 If I pick you, where do you see us in
    a year?
  • Answer 3 Frankly, I don't see the two of us
    meaning any more to one another in a year than we
    do now. That's not good or bad, just the way it
    is.

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Darrens decision
  • Host Okay, Darren, it's time to choose. Take a
    moment to consider what you've learned about
    each bachelorette. Do you know which is your
    dream mate? You can ask the audience if you
    want! (Choose)
  • Host Ok so lets meet the lovely ladies that
    missed out.

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Darrens Bachelorette 2
  • Bachelorette Number Two is Emily, a... um...
    beautiful black devil anglerfish. While you both
    share a taste for fish, that's where your
    similarities end. Obviously, you're different
    species, so for that reason the two of you
    wouldn't get very far reproductively. Besides,
    Emily is looking for a mate who's nearly
    completely dependent upon her -- rather
    parasite-like, if you know what I mean. Yes, it's
    clear that you're looking for a strong pair bond,
    Darren, but Emily may be a bit extreme even for
    you! Thanks for coming, Emily. For your time
    we're sending you back to the deep sea with a
    case of fresh-frozen feeder guppies.

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Darrens Bachelorette 3
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  • Now let's meet Chris, a lovely purple tube
    sponge. As beautiful as Chris is to look at, I
    think you'd agree, Darren, she's not quite the
    match for you. In fact, she's not even a fellow
    vertebrate, so that pretty much eliminates the
    chance of anything happening between the two of
    you reproductively. Also, Chris knows nothing
    about courtship She reproduces by spilling
    thousands of eggs into the surrounding water and
    hoping that some of them will meet up with
    another sponge's sperm. Darren's weed dance would
    be completely lost on her! Thanks for uprooting
    yourself, though, Chris, so that you could join
    us here today.

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Darrens Bachelorette 1
  • All right, Darren, let's meet your mystery date.
    Bachelorette Number One is Stephanie, a
    four-year-old great crested grebe. Stephanie is
    oh-so interested in forming a strong pair bond.
    She enjoys intricate courtship dances and loves
    to receive gifts of aquatic vegetation. You too
    would be very happy together. If you hook up and
    things move quickly and you start building a nest
    structure, we'll be happy to relocate the whole
    works for you back in Bavaria, where you'll
    settle for good. Good luck to you both!

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Introducing Clarice the Eastern Grey Tree Frog
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  • Host Let's all welcome Clarice to The Mating
    Game. Clarice is a striking eastern gray treefrog
    from South Carolina, and she's here today, like
    all of our Mating Game contestants, in search of
    a compatible mate. Of course, the ultimate goal
    here on The Mating Game is reproductive success.
    And Clarice has been having bad luck in that
    department over the last couple of breeding
    seasons. Would you mind telling us about it,
    Clarice?
  • Clarice Well, Larry, I guess it all boils down
    to species recognition, a really important
    process in gray treefrog reproduction. In the
    wetland where I live, there are dozens of frog
    species there's even another species of gray
    treefrog that's nearly identical in every way to
    my own species. We both kind of look alike, even
    to each other! In fact, the only way we can tell
    each other apart is through our different
    courtship songs.
  • Host And you've had trouble with this?
  • Clarice Two seasons in a row now I've paired
    with a member of another species, the Cope's gray
    treefrog. And although I've been able to produce
    offspring from these matings, my tadpoles are
    sterile and will never be able to reproduce.
    Evolutionarily speaking, my genes have reached
    the end of the line!
  • Host Well, Clarice, sources tell me you've been
    studying up on those courtship songs. Maybe today
    you'll be able to distinguish between the song of
    a male from your species and a male Cope's gray
    treefrog. So let's put your hard work to the test
    and see if you can find your dream mate right
    here on The Mating Game!
  • Host Behind each of the three curtains before
    you sits a different creature -- but only one of
    them is the male eastern treefrog you need for
    successful breeding! So listen carefully, and
    good luck!

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Clarice the Eastern Grey Tree Frog
  • Question 1 How would you describe an ideal
    courtship?
  • Question 2 How would you get my attention in the
    dark?
  • Question 3 If this were a talent show and I were
    the judge, what special talent would you want me
    to judge you by?

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Clarices Bachelor 1
  • Question 1 How would you describe an ideal
    courtship?
  • Answer 1 You'd just appear before me, out of the
    darkness. And I know if I got you to come that
    close, you'd be convinced that I'm the one for
    you.
  • Question 2 How would you get my attention in the
    dark?
  • Answer 2 I've experimented with plenty of
    courtship songs -- with little success, I'm
    afraid. I usually fall back on the song I learned
    from the older frogs in my pond.
  • Question 3 If this were a talent show and I were
    the judge, what special talent would you want me
    to judge you by?
  • Answer 3 Great question! I would definitely want
    you to judge me on my ability to change the
    colour and pattern of my skin relative to
    whatever setting I was in.

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Clarices Bachelor 2
  • Question 1 How would you describe an ideal
    courtship?
  • Answer 1 I like to court under the cover of
    darkness. It's terrifying enough to be out in the
    open at night, much less during the day.
  • Question 2 How would you get my attention in the
    dark?
  • Answer 2 I've heard my courtship song described
    as a harsh, nasal "quank-quank-quank."
    Personally, I think that's a little unfair, but
    you can decide for yourself.
  • Question 3 If this were a talent show and I were
    the judge, what special talent would you want me
    to judge you by?
  • Answer 3 Like I said earlier, I'm basically
    nocturnal. I guess my special talent would be
    hiding so well that I make myself invisible
    during the day.

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Clarices Bachelor 3
  • Question 1 How would you describe an ideal
    courtship?
  • Answer 1 Courtship can be so exciting. I
    actually get quite a rush being out in the open
    singing as loudly as I can. Sure, there are
    predators out there at night, but there are also
    receptive females!
  • Question 2 How would you get my attention in the
    dark?
  • Answer 2 I always try to call as loudly as I
    can. Even though I know it's important to attract
    a mate of the right species, I still want to have
    as many females to choose from as possible.
  • Question 3 If this were a talent show and I were
    the judge, what special talent would you want me
    to judge you by?
  • Answer 3 Oh, there's so much! Let's see...
    There's my ability to change color to match my
    background. I can easily live and breed in
    ditches and pools that other species wouldn't be
    caught dead in. And, of course, I've already
    mentioned my loud and melodious songs.

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Clarices decision
  • Host What do you think, Clarice? I sure hope
    you've studied your calls well, because these
    guys all seem like the same frog to me. But I
    guess you're used to being in the dark about
    who's courting you, right, Clarice? Take some
    time to consider what you've learned about each
    bachelor. You may ask the audience if you want!
    (Choose)
  • Host Ok lets meet the suitors you turned down.

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Clarices Bachelor 2
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  • Now, let's meet that mysterious Bachelor Number
    Two. Clarice, this is Kevin, a green tree frog.
    Isn't he beautiful? Look at that gorgeous green
    skin and the brilliant white stripe down the side
    of his body. Wow! All right, before I embarrass
    him any further, I'll just tell you a little
    about him. Kevin comes from the coastal plains of
    South Carolina, where he's been breeding
    successfully for three of his four years.
    Although Kevin's species can interbreed and
    produce healthy offspring with another species,
    the barking tree frog, he and Clarice couldn't
    possibly be successful. Their species are just
    too different.

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Clarices Bachelor 3
  • Come on out, Jeff! Jeff is Clarices perfect
    match. He's a gorgeous eastern gray tree frog --
    about the greenest one I've ever seen, but as
    we've heard, Jeff's ability to match his
    environment in the wild is extraordinary. He's
    probably just a little mixed up with all these
    bright studio lights. Anyway, I'm so happy for
    the two of you! The Mating Game would like to
    send you both to Acapulco, Mexico. Now, we know
    it's far away from your homes, but we've been
    assured that there's no shortage of insects there
    this year. Best of luck to you both!

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Clarices Bachelor 1
  • Clarice, were you fooled by another Cope's gray
    treefrog? I couldn't tell their calls apart
    either. Maybe some of your fellow females could
    give you a few tips to make the selection easier.
    But I suppose they're not too willing to share,
    because that would be giving you an advantage,
    wouldn't it? Oh well, that's neither here nor
    there at this point. Honestly, mating would be an
    unwise use of energy for both of them. Pat, for
    your time, we'll be sending you home with a case
    of freeze-dried mealworms to get you through that
    next drought.

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Introducing Stefan the Burying Beetle
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  • Host Let's welcome Stefan to The Mating Game.
    It's great to have you with us today. I once met
    a burying beetle from Oklahoma by the name of
    Ramel. I don't suppose there's any relation, is
    there? I suppose not. Anyway, why don't you tell
    us a little about yourself.
  • Stefan Well, Larry, I'm a five-week-old burying
    beetle, and I come from a small island off the
    coast of Rhode Island. What else? I guess this
    may surprise you, because I'm a beetle, but I'm
    really hoping to establish a strong pair bond
    with my dream mate. And ultimately I'd like to
    settle down and raise a family with her.
  • Host Is it true that you like carrion an awful
    lot?
  • Stefan It's not so much that I like it, but I do
    need it in order to reproduce.
  • Host Okay, well, let's hope for everybody's sake
    that you choose correctly, then.
  • Host Behind each of the three curtains before
    you sits a different creature -- but only one of
    them is the female burying beetle you're looking
    for! Because your requirements seem a little
    peculiar, I suspect you'll be able to pick the
    perfect match pretty easily. Are you ready to
    begin, Stefan? Let's go!

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Stefan the Burying Beetle
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  • Question 1 How long would your ideal relationship
    last?
  • Question 2 What might you do to convince me that
    you're the one for me?
  • Question 3 Would you rather have your space, or
    a male who helps with the day-to-day tasks?

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Stefans Bachelorette 1
  • Question 1 How long would your ideal relationship
    last?
  • Answer 1 I once heard of a relationship that
    lasted 19 minutes. That would be phenomenal!
  • Question 2 What might you do to convince me that
    you're the one for me?
  • Answer 2 Don't you have that turned around?
    Isn't it you who has to convince me?
  • Question 3 Would you rather have your space, or
    a male who helps with the day-to-day tasks?
  • Answer 3 Day to day?! Are you kidding? I only
    have a few hours, so the sooner we're finished
    doing what needs to be done, you can be on your
    way

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Stefans Bachelorette 2
  • Question 1 How long would your ideal relationship
    last?
  • Answer 1 If I had a choice, I'd say a lifetime,
    but it depends more on how long you remain
    dominant among our peers.
  • Question 2 What might you do to convince me that
    you're the one for me?
  • Answer 2 I don't think I'd have to do much fall
    in line, stay with the group, care for the young.
  • Question 3 Would you rather have your space, or
    a male who helps with the day-to-day tasks?
  • Answer 3 That's a funny question. Naturally, I
    prefer to have a lot of personal space.

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Stefans Bachelorette 3
  • Question 1 How long would your ideal relationship
    last?
  • Answer 1 I've thought a lot about this Four
    weeks would be perfect.
  • Question 2 What might you do to convince me that
    you're the one for me?
  • Answer 2 I think what might impress you most is
    my fighting ability. I'd simply be the only
    female left for you to choose from.
  • Question 3 Would you rather have your space, or
    a male who helps with the day-to-day tasks?
  • Answer 3 I would love to have a cooperative
    relationship -- just the two of us, insulated
    from the rest of the world.

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Stefans decision
  • Host Okay, Stefan, it's time to choose. What do
    you think? Is that carrion-loving mate of your
    dreams behind Curtain Number One, Number Two, or
    Number Three? Take some time to consider what
    you've learned about each of the bachelorettes.
    Get the audience to give you some help! (Choose)
  • Host Ok lets meet the runners up

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Stefans Bachelorette 2
  • Stefan, meet Giselle, a 34-year-old African
    elephant. I'm sorry to say you two could not be
    more different! For one thing, even if it were
    possible for the two of you to have children,
    Katie's gestation period would last longer than
    your entire lifetime! Also, she plans to have
    very few offspring and to devote years to their
    care. So, it's safe to say you did well by not
    selecting her. Right this way, Katie -- we have a
    lovely day planned for you at the Graze and
    Wallow spa.

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Stefans Bachelorette 3
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  • Time to meet Bachelorette 3. She's slim,
    she's got a carapace, and she likes dead and
    rotting rodents probably as much as you do. Come
    on out, Sharon! According to her bio, Sharon is
    an American burying beetle who wants nothing more
    than to dig a hole, drag in a dead mouse, seal
    herself and her mate inside the chamber, and lay
    a bunch of eggs on the carcass. Sounds like you
    two were made for each other! All you need is a
    fresh road-killed meadow vole to lay your eggs
    on. Have a blast, you two, and good luck with
    the forthcoming family!

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Stefans Bachelorette 1
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  • Okay, Stefan, meet Bachelorette Number One.
    Come on out, Brooke. A common fruit fly with a
    life span of just a couple of weeks, Brooke
    simply has no time for pair bonding or parental
    care of her young. She can't waste time with
    lengthy courtship rituals, especially with a
    member of another species. Brooke has no choice
    but to breed quickly and produce lots of eggs,
    because she won't be around to protect and care
    for them. Brooke, no point wasting anymore of
    your precious time, we're going to rush you off,
    all expenses paid, to the outdoor fruit market
    down the street, where you can grab a quick bite!
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