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10 Amazing Dads From the Animal Kingdom

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Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl dads are the stereotypical breadwinners in their families. After finding the perfect home with their mates, male great horned owls take on the role of provider by hunting enough to feed himself and his mate, who is bigger than he is, before taking on the added responsibility of hunting for their young when they hatch.

North American Beaver

Beaver dads are devoted family men, handymen and providers in the animal world. They mate for life and take on a co-parenting role in raising their young until they’re about 2-years-old, while helping care for them and teaching them how to become successful ecosystem engineers before they go off and start families of their own.

In 2012, a beaver in Martinez, Calif., known as “Dad” raised fears about what would happen to his young after his mate died from an infection, but he showed us he could do it all as a single father of three.

Titi Monkey

Male titi monkeys, who are known for monogamous relationships, are also known for the strong bond they build with their young as primary caregivers. Except for time spent with mom nursing, babies spend the rest of their time being carried around, cared for and protected by their fathers for the first few months of their lives.

Rhea

As members of a polygamous species, male rheas have a lot of partners, but when it comes to child-rearing these dads pull their weight and then some. Males can have up to a dozen or so female partners who all lay eggs in a nest he builds before they leave. Males then take on the role of incubating and guarding what can be more than 50 eggs for close to two months before taking on the role of a single parent after they hatch. Males have also been known to adopt orphaned chicks who have been separated from their brood.


Darwins Frog

Darwin’s frog dads, who are native to South America, have come up with a neat and bizarre way to protect their offspring from predators. While they breed like other amphibians, where females lay eggs in the water that are fertilized by males, the males of this species take the fertilized eggs into their mouths, store them in their vocal sacs and keep them there until they’re fully developed frogs — at which point he throws them up.

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7:00AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I think these Dads are great!! Especially the Fox and wolf dads. There is following through there. Pretty amazing about the Titi monkey and Rhea also devoted.Good job animal Dads!

7:00AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I think these Dads are great!! Especially the Fox and wolf dads. There is following through there. Pretty amazing about the Titi monkey and Rhea also devoted.Good job animal Dads!

10:15PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Maybe we should marry sea horses!

10:56PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

We had a pair of Siamese cats that had 4 kittens and the father at first wasn't that much involved, but when they were big enough to get playful he taught them how to play rough and how to use the scratching post and how to follow him to the food bowl and eat together. It was very interesting to watch.

2:16PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

OH MY GOD THAT WAS SUCH A LOVELY ARTICLE! HEAR, HEAR TO THESE DADS OF THE WILD! :)

1:02PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for the good news.

6:05AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Every year I watch male cardinals bring their fledglings to the bird feeder, fill their mouths with seed and then pass it to the fledges, teaching them where and how to eat. It's pretty adorable.

3:32AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks so much for this wonderful article.

It's just such a pity that certain Asian people have no respect for sea-horses.
The way they behave with killing ivory bearing animals in Africa is just as bad as their uninformed destruction of sea-horses and their habitat....

3:32AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

4:00PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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