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Final EditThe image we rescued from the cutting room floor.

Final Edit Editor Illustrations editor Kathy Moran talks sex and bubblegum.

Cut It?
"One of the challenges of pulling photos together for this story was repetition in the animals' mating techniques," says illustrations editor Kathy Moran. "From elks to these small aquatic creatures, they all followed similar recipes for attracting attention. We went with the most dramatic examples, and this little guy hit the floor."

Or Keep It?
"Personally, I had another favorite I wanted to see in Final Edit," Kathy continues. "It was of these young male ibex sparring. But "Froggy Went A-Courtin'" beat out the ibex. He was just charming—a bit of comic relief in a story that was out there. The little guy looks like he's blowing bubblegum. His manner is more like a ten-year-old flirting than sexual selection at its finest."

—Amanda Bowling

July Final Edit
Photograph by  Konrad Wothe, Minden Pictures To send this image as a postcard click here.

Froggy Went A-Courtin'

It's impossible to know whether this horned frog's cheek-ballooning love song won him a mate, but it certainly got the attention of the magazine's editors. "The photo stops you, makes you look," says director of photography Kent Kobersteen. But the competition was stiff—and not just for one frog in search of a female. We reviewed some 2,000 images from more than 200 photographers for this month's story on the sex lives of animals. Most Geographic stories are shot by one photographer, but for this subject "it was unrealistic," says Kobersteen. "A photographer could spend an entire career and not encounter the number of mating situations portrayed in this article."

—Jennifer Steinberg Holland

Check out Animal Attraction, the feature story for which this photo was originally chosen.
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