The best fathers among animals: caring for offspring

One can talk about the dedication of the parents of the animal world for a long time. Most often, representatives of the female half show the greatest sacrifice. However, in some species, the primary role of offspring care falls on the fathers. There are those who give birth and incubate eggs, someone even carries future babies.

Seahorses simply amaze with their parenting responsibilities. The male half of them periodically becomes a mother: they bear and give birth to their young. The carefree female only drops eggs into the male's pocket, where he subsequently fertilizes it and waits for the fry to appear for a month and a half. In his body, all the accompanying changes occur: the abdomen increases and becomes rounded, and childbirth is accompanied by contractions. After birth, the young offspring continues to develop completely separately - the parent's mission is completed.

It is a pity that these amazing creatures are being brutally destroyed. The Chinese en masse catch them and turn them into living trinkets, placing them in special solutions, and use seahorses as a remedy in folk medicine. Only due to the large offspring, these animals can still delight our eyes with their beauty and natural features.

Great respect is imbued when you learn about the duties performed by the fathers of the ostriches of Nanda. They are not monogamous creatures, Males gather around themselves a whole harem, sometimes consisting of 7-12 females. They all lay eggs together in one hole in turn. This process takes 5-7 days. As soon as the first clutch appears, the father diligently incubates the eggs. He sits throughout the night and early morning, until the dew evaporates. The father leaves the nest for a very short time to have a snack. When danger appears, the ostrich begins to hiss, snort and click its beak, thus driving away enemies. After six weeks of tireless vigil, babies appear. They hatch one after another, in the same order as the mother laid the eggs. The father does not leave the group of young animals to the mercy of fate, but carefully walks around the neighborhood.

Marmoset monkeys are very small and funny primate creatures. In the latter category, females are usually the main ones in upbringing. However, for marmosets, family rules are somewhat different. Firstly, they are monogamous, secondly, future fathers are very attentive to their pregnant half, thirdly, males take part in the birth of cubs, and fourthly, the male half takes care, upbringing and acquaintance with the world of the younger generation ... Daddies bring babies to mothers only for feeding.

Bigfoots living in Australia and Oceania have a slightly odd appearance. They look like a chicken, devoid of feathers on the neck. As scientists have established, this feature is an important component for incubating chicks. It should be borne in mind that the purpose of the female is only to lay eggs. Further, the process is controlled by the father: he does not incubate the eggs, but constantly checks the temperature of the nest, which is a small hole covered with fallen leaves. When plants rot, they generate heat. So that the future offspring does not overheat, the father rakes the foliage, and when it gets cool, he covers them again. Bare neck allows the bird to check the temperature. He lowers her into the nest and in this way determines whether the eggs are comfortable. "Works" so big for 11 months.

Coyotes and jackals are exemplary family men. They are not separated from their family either during the pregnancy of the female, or during childbirth, or after the appearance of babies. His main role is to bring food prepared by him into the hole. When the cubs are born, the father more and more often runs to hunt and so that the immature crumbs can feed, he vomits up part of the food he has digested.

Emperor penguins are an example of equality in the family. The roles are distributed as follows: mom steadfastly bears the egg, and dad patiently incubates the chick. The male neatly puts his oval "treasure" on his paws and covers it with a special fold - a bag for incubation. For three months, the father does not release the egg, moving slowly, carefully, not eating anything during this period. Expectant mothers are gaining strength in the ocean, returning to the appearance of offspring. If the female is delayed, the young dad can feed the baby with a special nutritious juice produced by his body. For the next 4-5 weeks, the penguins grow in their mother's pouch. After that, the parents feed their pets one by one, looking for them in the "kindergarten