Nature: Fathers in the wild
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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