Monday, June 11, 2007

Dads Gone Wild

RESTON, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This Father’s Day (June 17), some of the most deserving dads aren’t sitting on the couch – they’re up in the trees!

That’s one of the wild facts from Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, who says that male owls, which catch prey for the whole family while the mother nurses the young, are among the best dads in the animal kingdom.

Inkley explains, “The wise old owl does what the typical, traditional American dad is supposed to do, he provides for his family.”

Other outstanding wildlife dads include the North American Phalarope, a bird who makes the nest and cares for the young, the Giant Water Bug, who carries the eggs on his back, and the male Seahorse, who proudly carries the eggs in his pouch, even appearing pregnant for 10 to 30 days!

But not every animal dad deserves a gift – the grizzly bear is known to eat his own children if hungry.

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