Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Seahorse The Most Deserving Wildlife Dad

YARROWSBURG, Md. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One wildlife dad that truly deserves to celebrate Father’s Day (Jun. 21) is the seahorse.

Unlike some deadbeat dads in the wild, the seahorse is 100 percent involved with his kids and mate.

According to David Mizejewski – naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation – the male seahorse is a great dad because he actually gives birth to his babies himself and actively helps care for them through infancy.

Another deserving daddy is the hornbill, a bird that brings food to its babies and mate through a small slit in a nest made of poop.

But while some animals embrace fatherhood, others shun it.

Mizejewski says mammals are typically deadbeat dads, such as the male bear who mates, impregnates, and quickly disappears from the picture.

Alligator dads are the same way and are nowhere to be found after mating. Instead, they prey on baby alligators and often wind up eating their own young.

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