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13 Animal Dads Who Are Completely Underappreciated

Loyal, hard-working, and kind of gross.

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1. Mr. Antechinus

This dad pays the ultimate sacrifice to create a family. The Aussie mouse makes sweet love to his mate for up to 12 hours then dies. DIES!
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This dad pays the ultimate sacrifice to create a family. The Aussie mouse makes sweet love to his mate for up to 12 hours then dies. DIES!

2. Mr. Jacana

These dads flip the script on parenthood. They make the nests, incubate the eggs and take care of the little jacanas. They even take care of other dad's kids! Meanwhile, Mrs. Jacana is blatantly out sleeping around. Truth.
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These dads flip the script on parenthood. They make the nests, incubate the eggs and take care of the little jacanas. They even take care of other dad's kids! Meanwhile, Mrs. Jacana is blatantly out sleeping around. Truth.

3. Mr. Seahorse

Who says men don't understand what it's like to be preggo? Simply not true in the seahorse world. Male seahorses carry eggs for around 45 days and even get contractions.
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Who says men don't understand what it's like to be preggo? Simply not true in the seahorse world. Male seahorses carry eggs for around 45 days and even get contractions.

4. Mr. Arowana

Sometimes being a big mouth has advantages. Male arowanas harbor hundreds of baby fish in their mouths to keep them safe from predators.
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Sometimes being a big mouth has advantages. Male arowanas harbor hundreds of baby fish in their mouths to keep them safe from predators.

5. Mr. Emperor Penguin

Made famous by Morgan Freeman, these guys keep their eggs warm through the freezing Antarctic winter for two months. If they become exposed the chick is sure to die. No pressure!
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Made famous by Morgan Freeman, these guys keep their eggs warm through the freezing Antarctic winter for two months. If they become exposed the chick is sure to die. No pressure!

6. Mr. Wolf

Despite their intimidating facade, male wolves are really caring and obviously protective dads. Being monogamous, they're also super loyal ladies!
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Despite their intimidating facade, male wolves are really caring and obviously protective dads. Being monogamous, they're also super loyal ladies!

7. Mr. Swan

No deadbeats here. Also monogamous, swans mate for life to help take care of their cygnets. That's Swan for children.
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No deadbeats here. Also monogamous, swans mate for life to help take care of their cygnets. That's Swan for children.

8. Mr. Giant Water Bug

Albeit disgusting, giant water bug dads carry around 150 eggs on their back for three weeks until they hatch.
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Albeit disgusting, giant water bug dads carry around 150 eggs on their back for three weeks until they hatch.

9. Mr. Lumpsucker

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Male lumpsuckers are super defensive of their little ones and protect over 300,000 of them for up to seven weeks.

10. Mr. Giant African Bullfrog

Like most dads, this one can eat pretty much anything. He keeps his eggs protected in his vocal sacs for about six weeks, then barfs them up when they're ready. Not the greatest first impression to life, but it's the thought that counts.
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Like most dads, this one can eat pretty much anything. He keeps his eggs protected in his vocal sacs for about six weeks, then barfs them up when they're ready. Not the greatest first impression to life, but it's the thought that counts.

11. Mr. Red Fox

No, not from Sanford & Son, this playful dad is an ideal role model. This guy makes the list for always teaching his kids basic life skills.
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No, not from Sanford & Son, this playful dad is an ideal role model. This guy makes the list for always teaching his kids basic life skills.

12. Mr. Hardhead Catfish

Not sure what's up with protecting children in their mouths, but this super dad is no different. He stores his young for months at a time to ensure his legacy lives on.
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Not sure what's up with protecting children in their mouths, but this super dad is no different. He stores his young for months at a time to ensure his legacy lives on.

13. Mr. Courtemanche

Technically speaking, my dad is an animal and raised 7 kids while being a devout husband. He heroically fought yet lost his battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma in 2004. I'll never be able to fully appreciate all that he gave to us, but I try every day.
Regis Courtemanche

Technically speaking, my dad is an animal and raised 7 kids while being a devout husband. He heroically fought yet lost his battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma in 2004. I'll never be able to fully appreciate all that he gave to us, but I try every day.

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