Pet-urnal Instincts: 7 Animals Who Make Incredible Fathers

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Emperor Penguins
Though they don't breed for life, Antarctic Emperor Penguins are serially monogamous - once they pair up, they'll stick together for the year, during which time the... more 
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Emperor Penguins
Though they don't breed for life, Antarctic Emperor Penguins are serially monogamous - once they pair up, they'll stick together for the year, during which time the female penguin will lay one egg. Producing and laying the egg takes so much out of her that she'll hand it off to the male and then swim away for a couple of months to replenish herself in the ocean. For about 64 days the male Emperor waddles about with the egg balanced on his feet, keeping it warm in a brood pouch, and not taking any breaks to eat. Later, when mom and dad are both fed and rested, they'll take turns caring for the young. Talk about gender equality!
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Thu, Apr 25, 2013 7:40 AM EDT
How involved are fathers out there in the animal kingdom? Humans are not the only species who value active, engaged, and present dads. On the whole, the females of the species care for the young, but there are notable exceptions to this in all forms of wildlife. Click below to find seven great examples of male animals who take an active role in caring or raising their offspring. - By Brian Gresko



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