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Red kangaroos have three vaginas, and other weird facts about animals' love lives

Birds do it, bees do it -- and the Denver Zoo takes note of when and how, as explained in this week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts." Back in 1997, the zoo sent out a racy release touting a Valentine's Day "Animals and Amour" tour. It included facts about animal mating habits and, er, equipment, such as:

A female red kangaroo is born with three vaginas.

Although the zoo hasn't ever issued an update, staffer Brian Aucone offered other intimate details.

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