Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there. I did some searching to find a few dads in the natural world that contribute to raising their offspring. These examples illustrate some of the best dads out there.

Seahorses

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Male seahorses accept eggs from the female into a pouch on the front part of their belly. The eggs eventually hatch, after which dad releases fully formed tiny seahorses into the water from his pouch.

Emperor Penguins

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While female penguins swim off to search for food, male Emperors incubate the single egg by balancing it on the top of their feet and covering it with the soft, warm fur on their lower belly (the brood pouch).

Red Fox

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Red fox fathers will happily play with pups and bring them food for the first 3 months of their life. Then, he helps teach them to forage for food by hiding snacks nearby.

Flamingo

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Male flamingos remain monogamous for life, help with nest building, and share responsibility for caring for the chicks.

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  1. David

    Here in Europe we have something called the Midwife Toad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_midwife_toad), which is distinguished by the fact that the father carries the fertilised eggs wrapped in a string around his bum and hind legs until they hatch.

    Of course that’s not half as weird as the surinam toad, but let’s leave that one until Mother’s Day…

  2. The midwife toad is a great addition to the list. πŸ™‚ And we’ll just leave the surinam toad out of the blog indefinitely. I know just enough about that critter to know it would keep people awake for days. πŸ˜‰

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