Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, including the “animal” fathers. The pictures below show the male animals taking care of their babies (at some point, the eggs). Let us give these male animals some love.
Seahorses are a type of fish in which the males actually get “pregnant.” The female seahorse deposits her eggs in the male’s specialized pouch, and the male carries up to 2,000 babies during its 10- to 25-day pregnancy.
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For most birds, females are stuck with child care, but not so for the South America’s greater rhea (chicks nestle into their dad’s back feathers at Washington D.C.’s National Zoo).
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Male marmosets in South America not only carry, feed, and groom their twin babies (pictured, a baby black-tailed marmoset with its mother in a Tokyo zoo), they may even act as “midwives” during birth, grooming and licking the newborns.
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Cockroach fathers will even eat bird droppings to obtain nitrogen, a necessary part of their diet, and carry it back to their young (below, German cockroach babies emerge from an egg).
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Made famous by the movie March of the Penguins, emperor penguin fathers endure below-freezing temperatures and forgo food to incubate their eggs. After the female lays a single egg, her mate rests it on his feet and covers it with a flap of skin (below, a penguin protects its chick using the same skin flap).
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