The Most Impressive Dads In The Animal Kingdom


Imagine you’re about to
be a proud new father, but first, you have to
give birth to 2,000 babies. Sounds painful, right? Well, if you’re a male seahorse,
that is part of the job. Turns out, there’s a lot
of animal dads out there who do all of the hard work. The hardhead catfish
takes parental sacrifice to the extreme. To protect the eggs, he’ll
hold them in his mouth. And it’s not just one or two eggs. It could be as many as 65. The eggs take up so much
space that he can’t eat because he might swallow one. So he’ll fast for over two
months while the eggs develop. Believe it or not, the male giant water bug
takes on an even heavier load. Females lay up to 100
eggs on the male’s back. He’ll carry the eggs for
the next two to three weeks as they develop. But during that time, the eggs
and mucus glue his wings down so that he can’t even fly, making him vulnerable to predators. Plus, the eggs weigh him
down so much he has to rely on slower, easier prey like snails. Or he just doesn’t eat at all. But it’s worth it to ensure
his future offspring are safe. Luckily, for the water bug, he can return to his regular
life after the eggs hatch because the babies fend for themselves. That’s not the case for the male rhea. He doesn’t just stick around
to raise his chicks on his own, he raises multiple families at once. During breeding season, the
male rhea will build a nest to attract as many females as possible. He’ll form a group of
about five to seven females and mate with them that season. The females lay their eggs in
his nest and then skedaddle. Like, for good, leaving him to raise and
defend all 30 or so chicks until they’re about six months old. Talk about the challenges
of being an only parent. Last but certainly not least,
is the male emperor penguin who does a lot of the hard work early on. Female penguins entrust
their eggs to the males. But since penguins don’t have
nests, the males have to play a delicate balancing act. They keep the egg warm atop their feet and away from the frozen
ground they stand on. But they can’t hunt or forage for food. They have to stay put
and protect that egg. But the hard work doesn’t even end there. By the time the chicks hatch, the fathers are starved from
fasting for weeks on end but the chicks need to be fed. So, Dad manages to regurgitate some food from his esophagus to feed
the chick until Mom returns. Delicious, thanks Dad. Love it when you cook dinner. Looks like there’s a lot of
animal dads who deserve an award for Father of the Year.

100 thoughts on “The Most Impressive Dads In The Animal Kingdom

  1. Unbelievable the amount of failed human father's but let's learn from there mistakes and be strong men,husbands and father's.

  2. My dad is amazing, he builds me stuff, a big cage for my bird, a cardboard castle, toys for my bird, a pond for my alligator, a playground for my rabbit, a pool, etc.

  3. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to get milk from your local convenience store…

    So why has it took my dad 12 years?..

  4. Children : Dad was it worth it?
    Male Rhea: Y u think our species survived
    Remember kids talk the talk and walk the walk XD

  5. Its actually the human father that got it bad. In the middle East if the Father and mother divorce they will automatically give the child to the Father so the child won't turn out violent, permusciuous, and abusive (verbally or physically). It's better for a child to be raised by a father than a mother.

  6. My dad left me when i was 8 :'( he cheated even Longer than i live, ha was with someone and then with my mom too, even tho he's gone and cheated, he never did something for me and my brother.

  7. My dad is dead, died while getting away when I was 11 mounths old, and I was hospitalized, I have some conditions that delimit my life expectative, Im 20 now but, I dont know when I will reach my maximun age, the doctors said that I will die when I was 4, but, you see that Im still alive… By the way… Sorry for my poor english, its not my first language

  8. Well, considering that the one who can get up to 7 mates at one time. Having to watch and raise all the chicks. Seems worth it to me.

  9. No sh*t human dads have it easy. They don’t give birth, they don’t go through pregnancy, they can leave the kid whenever they want and pay some money. The seahorse dads are the best

  10. And darkling beetles; neither parents do the work.. and the baby mealworms get eaten. any that survive just do the same thing…
    i'm not joking i literally watch some darkling beetles while i'm at my computer

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