7 photos that show a father's loyalty to his family
Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:20 AM - It's Father's Day, a time to salute dad.
Fathers fill numerous roles. They can be the ultimate protector, often sacrificing a lot to keep their family safe and happy. They can be great guiders, directing their young through the ups and downs of growing up. They can be coaches, cooks and handymen.
Father's Day began in 1910. The holiday was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. She was the daughter of Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who was a single dad. Dodd proposed the day as a way to honour the man who raised her and her siblings alone after Dodd's mother died giving childbirth.
In honour of this special day, here are 7 species that show a father's utmost loyalty to his family.
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1. Atlantic Wolffish
- This species can be found in the Davis Straight in the Arctic, the North Atlantic ocean, southern Newfoundland and Barents Sea. Their eggs at 6 mm, are among the largest eggs of any fish. Once the eggs are laid, the male will guard and protect them until they hatch. This species has been identified as special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and is listed under the Federal Species at Risk Act.
2. Emperor Penguin
- Once the female emperor lays an egg, her nutritional reserves are exhausted. The mother must very carefully transfer the egg to the male before immediately returning to feed in the ocean for two months. The male spends the frigid winter keeping the egg warm in his brood pouch, balancing it on the tops of his feet for 64 days until it hatches. The father faces brutal conditions with winds that can reach up to 200 km/h. The dad must be very cautious for if the egg falls or becomes exposed, the chick can expire.
- Seahorses are unique as they are one of the only species where males become pregnant. Males have a pouch on their tail where females deposit their eggs. Once deposited, the male fertilizes the eggs and incubates them for up to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small.
4. Darwin's frog
- The Darwin’s Frog is also on guard duty. Once the female lays her eggs, they are shielded by the male for about two weeks. Once hatched, the male will carry the young tadpoles in a pouch in his throat until they develop into froglets and are able to hop away.
- Jacanas live along coastal areas and the male will often go to extreme lengths to protect his young. After building a nest, the male bird will mate with a female. After the female has laid her eggs, she abandons the family to mate with other males. Meanwhile, dad remains at the nest caring for the chicks.
- Males are fierce protectors that live with their partner for life. After a female wolf gives birth, she remains close to her pups, refusing to leave the den for several weeks. Dad guards and hunts for food to share with his family. As the young wolves mature, dad becomes the mentor and helps integrate them into the pack.
- These tree-dwelling primates are native to South America. The dad will help out during birth and are known to clean up the afterbirth, often biting off the umbilical cord. The marmoset dad grooms, feeds and carries the young on his back while the female steps away from the family for a while.
Source: Mother Nature Network