Amazing Animal Dads!

This Father’s Day, we continue our tradition of introducing you to some amazing animal dads!

Published June 19, 2016

Poison Dart Frogs

Poison Dart Frogs share the weight of their parenting journey – literally! After the female lays her eggs, the male watches over them for two weeks as the embryos develop. Then as soon as the eggs hatch, the tadpoles catch a ride on their father’s back to safe waters where they can grow into adult frogs!

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Swans

Swans often form long term, monogamous relationships in which both males and females contribute to building a nest and raising their chicks. Don’t get too close to their chicks though, both males and females fiercely defend their young!

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Giant Water Bugs

Male Giant Water Bugs play a key role in the early stages of fatherhood. Females lay their eggs and, using a natural adhesive, affix them to the back of the male for safe keeping. Fathers are then in charge of protecting the eggs and caring for them, including spending ample time out of the water to prevent the growth of mold. The father keeps the eggs close until they’re ready to hatch!

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Sea Catfish

Sea Catfish males sacrifice eating for over a month to care for their offspring! Males carefully store each egg in their jaws until they hatch. Fathers survive off of their own fat storage throughout the incubation period. The males’ work, however, is not done when the new fish are born. The father will also fast for two to three weeks after the birth to nurture his young to independence.

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