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HAPPY FATHER'S Day from the Animal Kingdom

Discussion in 'Pets and Animal Lovers' started by Paulina, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. Paulina

    Paulina Moderator Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY from the Animal kingdom.

    Some heartwarming facts about the Best Dads in the Animal Kingdom!
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    Emperor penguin


    There are few examples in nature of a father more dedicated than the emperor penguin. After the female lays the egg, her nutritional reserves become depleted and she must return to feed in the ocean for two months. This leaves the responsibility of keeping the egg warm through the freezing Antarctic winter to the father.

    The father spends the two months holding the egg precariously between the tops of his feet and his brooding pouch, without feeding, throughout the brutal winter (when freezing winds can reach 120 mph). If he moves too suddenly or the egg becomes exposed to the freezing temperatures, the chick will perish. But his dedication — and his balance — ensures the survival of a new generation. What a dad!





    Read more: Nature's 10 best animal dads: Emperor penguin | MNN - Mother Nature Network
     
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    Hi friends,
    I am also wishing you a happy father's day,in behalf of Animal Kingdom!! :) ;-) ;-) :) ;-)
     
  3. Paulina

    Paulina Moderator Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    Hi Radan,

    Warm welcome to the Pets Forum.If you are an animal lover and have any pets at home Please do post in this Forum with pics about them.We'd love to hear.
     
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    Paulina Moderator Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    Daddy Sea Horse's devotion to kids.....lucky Mummy Sea Horse indeed !!


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    . [h=1] Seahorse
    [/h] Seahorses are unique because they belong to a fish family known for an oddity: male pregnancy.

    Male seahorses have a pouch where females deposit their eggs. Once deposited, the male fertilizes the eggs and incubates them for a period of up to 45 days, until they emerge as fully developed little seahorses. Seahorse fathers even experience contractions as they give birth.


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    This Daddy wolf seems fagged out looking after Baby wolf!



    [​IMG]. Wolf


    Despite their fearsome reputation as apex predators, male wolves are attentive, monogamous and fiercely protective dads that live with their she-wolves for life. A wolf pack is essentially a classic nuclear family consisting of a mom, dad and kids.

    After a female wolf gives birth, she sticks close to her helpless pups and doesn't leave her den for several weeks. Dad stands guard and hunts for food to share with his new family, and doesn't skimp when it comes to sharing edibles with his progeny. Whereas a female wolf will regurgitate meat to share with a litter (pups can start eating meat at three weeks), dad will provide entire pieces of fresh kill. As a young pup grows, dad takes on the role of stern, sometimes playful mentor helping integrate the pup into the pack.


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    Daddy Marmoset has such expressive eyes...Looks so human!
    So well is he performing his fatherly duties!




    [​IMG] Photo:Paulo B. Chaves/Flickr.






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    [h=1] Marmoset
    [/h] Sure, the small and furry tree-dwelling primates known as marmosets are outrageously cute, but male marmosets take their roles as fathers very seriously. With the help of other family members, including older siblings, the typical marmoset dad grooms, feeds and give his infants piggyback rides while momma marmoset steps away and takes on a decidedly “disinterested” parenting role after a few weeks. Marmoset fathers will often act as attentive midwifes during the birth of their newborns, going as far to clean up the afterbirth and bite off the umbilical cord.

    Jeff French, primatologist at the University of Nebraska Zoo, tells National Geographic that one reason the marmoset daddy is so involved is because of the tremendous physical strain put on the expectant mother. “It's like a 120-pound (55-kilogram) woman giving birth to a 30-pound (14-kilogram) baby,” explains French.


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    This Dad believes in carrying his babes in his mouth for safe keeping!!



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    [h=1] Arowana
    [/h] Father arowanas exhibit some of the most extensive paternal care among fish. Aside from building nests for their young and protecting them after they hatch, arowanas are also notable for being mouthbrooders.

    Some arowana fathers harbor hundreds of baby fish in their mouths, letting them out on occasion to explore. However, the dad always takes special care to seek each one out and suck them back into his mouth to keep them safe from predators. (Check out this video showcasing a protective mouthbrooding arowana).


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    Catching up......Here are some Dads from the Bird kingdom too!
    [​IMG] Photo:Jeremy Vandel/Wikimedia Commons

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    [h=1] Rhea
    [/h] Much like the emperor penguin, the rhea is a large, flightless species of bird in which the male dutifully incubates the female’s eggs until they hatch. But this is where any similarities to the monogamous emperor penguin end. The male rhea, an ostrich look-alike and member of the ratite family, is a rampant polygamist that keeps a harem of up to 12 available females.

    Despite his wandering eye and many mates, male rheas aren’t deadbeat dads in the least. In addition to incubating as many as 50 eggs at a time for six weeks — the daddy rhea is in charge of nest-building and is responsible for raising the chicks for the first six months without any assistance from multiple mothers. If anything threatening — be it a human or a female rhea — gets near daddy’s precious little ones, he won’t hesitate to charge. Although the rhea is native to South America, a male rhea that famously celebrates Father’s Day resides in Washington’s Smithsonian National Zoo.


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    @paulina
    nice information about best dads in animal kingdom.....:hatsoff To father penguin..:)
     
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    Paulina dear how are you, thank you for the thought provoking information about the Dads in Animal Kingdom

    Happy Father's day to the Animal Kingdom
     

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