20 Animals Acting Like Total Dads

By Jeremy Sutheim


The animal kingdom is full of dads. Some of them are total deadbeats (we're looking at you, grizzly bears), but others play an active role in raising their offspring.

1. Buffalo dad says that mowing the lawn builds character and teaches responsibility.

Bison in grass.
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2. "Got yer nose!"

Gray wolf bites pup's nose.
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3. When you're a kid, your dad seems invincible.

Baby crocodile on adult crocodile's back.
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4. "Go out there and give 'em hell, kiddo."

Adult and baby walrus.
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5. Dad always has your back.

Bird with two chicks under its wings.
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6. "I don't know—what did your mother say?"

Adult and baby takin.
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7. Tale as old as time.

Adult cat with kittens.
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8. No list of animal dads would be complete without mentioning Marlin and Nemo.

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9. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, a lion takes a nap.

Lion cub sleeps on adult male lion's arm.
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10. "Alright kid, hold on tight while Dad shows you how fast he can go."

Adult gorilla carrying baby gorilla.
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11. Dad loves you, even if he makes fun of your fashion choices.

Llama with funny haircut.
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12. TFW your parents get all gross and lovey-dovey.

Adult prairie dogs kissing with child between them.
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13. "A plumber is too dam expensive. I can fix it myself!"

Beaver building a dam.
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14. "Did I ever tell you kids about the time I played trumpet with Sinatra? I'll never forget it."

Adult elephant with two babies following.
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15. His main purpose in life is to embarrass you.

Dancing frog.
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16. "Tell your mom that the grill is ready!"

Owl next to outdoor grill.
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17. "Are you sure he's mine? Just kidding, he has my spikes."

Adult hedgehog looking at baby hedgehog.
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18. "Quit monkeying around back there!"

19. Mom makes good pancakes, but Dad's regurgitated shrimp is the best.

Penguin feeds chick.
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20. Shout out to male seahorses, who give birth to hundreds of babies, and don't play favorites.

Seahorse with baby seahorse.
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