Homo sapiens aren't the only species on the planet that engages in deception for sexual gain. There are several animals that trick their mates, ranging from insects to antelope. Surprisingly, a lot of this deception involves males disguising themselves as females, meaning Shakespeare might have known just as much about the nature of animals as he did about man.
Other animals with manipulative mating strategies use pheromones, false alarms, and even a form of blackmail to seal the deal. Using human standards, the guys on this list - and yes, they're all male - are reprehensible. But to paraphrase Hamlet, what separates us from the beasts is our "godlike reason" that tells us, among other things, that tricking people into sex is best left to "bestial oblivion."
Male Water Striders Blackmail Females With Death Threats
Male Giant Australian Cuttlefish Can Pose As Females Instantaneously
Small Male Indonesian Octopuses Impersonate Females To Fool Larger Males
Male Topi Antelopes Pretend Lions Are Attacking To Deceive Females