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animals attack each other after they've been mating?
'the relationship talk'
Depends on which animals you refer to.
the healthiest genes to combine with I'd say they are then attempting to increase the survival chances of their young by reducing the potential competition amongst the next generation by disabling their mate from propagating with other females (it is usually the females who attack the male)
its a great theory!
i like it.
it makes sense
and also the animals in which this kind of post-coital behaviour occurs are generally ones which give birth to hundreds of offspring - it doesn't happen with species that only rear one or two young 'uns at a time
that the other one was selfish during the mating.