12 Facts About Animal Dads To Share With Your Father

By Katie Garrity

As a young pup grows, dad takes on the role of stern, sometimes playful mentor helping integrate the pup into the pack.Father's Day will be here before we know it, and instead of getting dear old dad the same tie or grilling utensil he gets every year, why not blow his mind with the wonderful gift of interesting facts about animal dads? It's really the gift that keeps on giving.

1. A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch.

The Catfish (Silurus Glanis).
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He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.

2. Most male ducks live as bachelors, but the ruddy duck of North America helps care for his young.

The ruddy duck is definitely different from the rest of his duck dad friends.

3. Marmosets monkey dads take care of their babies from birth!

Sagui Monkey in the Wild in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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When the marmoset is born, the father cleans it, then carries it to the mother only when it needs to be nursed.

4. A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs!

If he moves too suddenly or the egg becomes exposed to the freezing temperatures, the chick will die. But these dads have it down so well, they always do it right.

5. The male sea horse has a pouch in which the mother lays her eggs.

The father then looks after the eggs for about two months, until they hatch and leave the pouch.

6. When the mother wolf gives birth to pups, the father stands guard outside the den and brings food to the mother and pups.

Timberwolf (gray wolf) walking on the trail.
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As a young pup grows, dad takes on the role of mentor, helping integrate the pup into the pack.

7. The golden jackal dad feeds his kids with regurgitated food. Yum!

Golden jackal
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Jackal dads also remain loyal to their mates for life. Dad goals!

8. The giant waterbug of Japan carries the mother's eggs around for a week until they hatch on his back.

And we're not talking just one egg — this dad ends up carrying to up to 150 kids!

9. The South American Darwin frog swallows the eggs, and they remain tucked inside his vocal sacs for six weeks.

When they're ready to hatch, he "vomits" up his children. That's dedication!

10. The male rhea builds nests for his mates to lay their eggs in, and then he incubates the eggs and cares for the young while the moms move on to mate with other males.

11. Bat-eared fox dads guard, groom, and rear the young!

Bat-eared Fox
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12. Jacancas are single dads who incubate the eggs and raise the chicks on their own.