Father lions can be gentle and playful, but sometimes they lose their patience and can get a bit grumpy. While female lions do most of the hunting, a male lion certainly isn't lazy. His job is to protect the pride and he will put his life on the line for his females and cubs.
Still coming in on the side of being a great dad are egrets. In a refreshing twist for the animal kingdom, egret dads are excellent homemakers. The male builds a nest platform from long sticks and twigs before pairing up with a female, and then both of them may complete the nest together, though the male often finishes it himself. He will also helps feed the chicks.
Here's a bit of a different one - the cotton-top tamarin. It takes a village to raise these little guys! All the males in the group take turns tending to and carrying the alpha female's babies. This is something called communal care - as in all the members of the troop take care of the young.
Moving on down the list, here's a not so stellar dad. Kangaroos. Basically the dads protect the moms from other males that will try and steal his ladies. And occasionally he will...sniff...the joey.
Giving the kangaroo a run for his money on "Most Indifferent Father of the Year" we have sea lions. These guys are the runner-up for worst animal dad of the year. He has one job. He comes around to mate, and once he's done that - his job is finished. After the pups are born, he will simply ignore them.
Sea otter pups probably wish their dads were kangaroos or sea lions. These little guys are naughty as can be and some of randiest males in the animal kingdom. They routinely try to mate with females that still have pups.
Regardless of whether they’re the dad of a pup or not - they do something called “hostage behavior”. That means, while mom is foraging underwater- he’ll grab the pup floating helplessly at the surface and hold it hostage until mom gives him whatever she found while hunting.
To say thanks to your dad, for not being like those last few animal dads - stop by the Baby Animal Print Shop and get him a stunning photo of the animal dad that he reminds you of most.
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