Na­ture: Fa­thers in the wild

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Jamie Wyver

They can be among na­ture’s most hard-work­ing par­ents, so let’s give credit to the fa­ther birds and an­i­mals striv­ing to look after their ba­bies, says the RSPB’s

Just like hu­man par­ents, many an­i­mals work de­vot­edly to feed, nur­ture and pro­tect their off­spring. At this time of year, busy birds will be fly­ing back and forth to feed their young, de­fend­ing their patches from ri­vals and keep­ing a wary eye out for preda­tors that might want to eat their fledg­ling chicks.

Then, there are all the pups, kits, cubs and even newly hatched fish that need look­ing after as na­ture raises its next gen­er­a­tion. And, al­though it’s of­ten the mother who takes the lion’s share of re­spon­si­bil­ity for her young­sters’ up­bring­ing, there are plenty of equally car­ing dads out there in the wild, play­ing a cru­cial role in bring­ing up the ba­bies. Here are some of our favourites…

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