Father’s Day is one to celebrate in the cattle industry and the animal kingdom, too.
Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s not only human fathers who have cause to celebrate the third Sunday in June. While many male animals in the animal kingdom have little to do with the raising of their offspring, dads are important in the cattle industry and beyond. Read below to find some of the best dads in the animal kingdom and agriculture industry.
Cattle Industry Dads
Fathers are very important in the cattle industry, but it’s not for their parenting skills. Many ranches don’t keep bulls at all, relying instead on artificial insemination. Male calves are castrated to become steers, taking away some of the aggressive tendencies that can make them dangerous animals.
However, bulls that are kept in the pasture with cows and calves are generally protective of the entire herd, just as they would be in the wild, and they could be rated as one of the most protective animal fathers. All fathers in the cattle industry are important for the good traits they pass on to their offspring.
Most Protective Animal Fathers on the Farm
Other protective dads on the farm outside of the cattle industry include roosters, stallions, and rams, though not all male farm animals are protective of their little ones. One very protective dad—though it’s an awfully ornery creature to begin with—is a male goose, also called a gander. Ganders are probably one of the most protective animal fathers on the farm as they will chase any creature—big or small, and including humans and vehicles—that they feel has gotten too close to their eggs or chicks.
Best Dads in the Animal Kingdom
Male farm animals aren’t the only good dads in the animal kingdom. Wild animal dads that have a reputation for being great caretakers include male great horned owls, wolves, gorillas, seahorses, red foxes and emperor penguins. For example, male seahorses are animal dads that know the pangs of child birth. The female lays her eggs in the male’s brood pouch and he fertilizes them there. Then the eggs hatch in the pouch, and the fully-formed seahorse babies exit. Similarly, male emperor penguins keep their sole egg warm and perched on their feet while all the mother penguins trek to the sea and back. The males remain behind, eating nothing and waiting in the midst of the Antarctic winter for the two months the females are gone.
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