Friday, June 17, 2005

Orangutans Are The “Deadbeat Dads” Of The Jungle

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Your dad may not be the greatest but at least he’s not an orangutan.

According to San Diego Zoo mammal curator Karen Killmar, orangutan males are “probably the least involved fathers of the primate species” and only interact with the female when they want to mate.

Case in point is Satu, a 10-year-old who is the father of a one-year-old baby named Cinta (CHEEN-ta). Despite reaching full sexual maturity, Killmar says he’s a big clown and probably “will not take on his adult male role until he stops living with his father.”

On the other hand, the flamingo is the Mr. Mom of the animal kingdom. He not only helps build a nest and incubate the egg, he feeds the hungry chick “crop milk” from his upper digestive tract.

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