Father’s Day: 5 Animal Fathers Worse Than You

What if your children inherit your negative habits? What if you let your kids watch too much television or feed them the wrong food?

Doubtful animal fathers include grizzly bears that eat their young when there is a shortage of food, and lions that are primarily on guard and look cool, while female lions go out to hunt and kill.

“So when you feel exhausted or there’s too much on your plate as long as you do not eat your baby? Yes, you are having a great time,” Boozan wrote in his book. “When the panic increases and the pressure starts to rise, remember that you are trying … and that’s all that counts.”

Here are three other bad animal fathers that can make you feel more comfortable with your parenting efforts this Father’s Day.

Pipe fish

A male spotted pipe fish (Stigmatopora argus) carries eggs in the bag under its tail until they hatch off the coast of Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula in southern Australia.

“It’s not just mothers, some fathers stink too! They are not all warm and warm,” Boozan wrote. “A pipe fish father will eat his children if he thinks they are ugly.”

Pipe fish cocks can get pregnant and give birth, but their interest in being foster fathers may last only during pregnancy. A key factor in this decision-making may be how the male reed fish feels about the mother of its offspring, Texas A&M University researchers found in 2010.
There are mothers who are worse than you - in the animal kingdom
One male pipe fish who was happy for a female partner he had mated with were more likely to be nurturing towards their offspring, the researchers discovered. Male pipe fish, who were less interested in the pipe fish mothers, were less caring for their young and invested fewer resources in them. Pipefish fathers have also been known to absorb nutrients from some of their embryos, effectively cannibalizing them, according to a 2009 article in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Stallions fight on the bog in the Camargue region of Provence in France.

“Horses act like superfathers, but uh, they are not the best,” Boozan wrote. “They want to threaten other horses’ children and kick them directly to death.”

If a stallion is able to breed many offspring, he has a genetic advantage over other stallions, according to Good Horse, a horsemanship forum led by horse trainer and behavioral consultant Diamanto Mamuneas. However, since a stallion cannot give birth, he can never be absolutely sure that all foals in his vicinity are his – which can be stressful, as stallions invest a lot of time and resources in caring for and protecting their offspring when they could be mating or dining. And as the stallions mature, they become competition for the stallions in the mating pool.
Taking care of rivals’ offspring is useless, so stallions have developed strategies to avoid having to breed foals that are not related to them – including killing young foals, according to research published in the journal Applied Animal Ethology.

Willow frogs

A poisonous seed with brilliant thigh (Allobates femoralis) carries its young on its back at the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru.

“The dart frog father is less of a ‘hit’ and more of a ‘miss,'” Boozan wrote. “To prevent his eggs from drying out, he sometimes uses his piss.”

Willow seed fathers guard their offspring for 10 to 18 days and occasionally urinate on them to protect them from predators and keep them moist.
The eggs require “significant extra moisture to avoid” dehydration, according to the Animal Diversity Web, an online zoological resource produced by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology.

Relieve parents’ worries

Many parenting books are aimed at selling things, Boozan said, to make readers feel like they are better parents.

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“I would sell them things to make them feel like they’s a fine (parent) and they don’t have to buy any of the other shit,” she added.

“Buying a specific blanket or other kind of Binky will not make you a better or worse parent,” Boozan said. “I think you will be a great parent, no matter what, if you try your best. My goal was to alleviate that fear, albeit just for a moment with a little bit of laughter.”

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