Let’s be honest: Father’s Day isn’t as popular as Mother’s Day … but it should be! Dads are protective, caring, and funny, and they would do anything to see us be happy. And guess what? Human dads aren’t that different from animal dads!
Human dads wake up at the crack of dawn to go to work to make sure that we have yummy veggie burgers on the table. Horned owls are no different! In winter, while his mate stays on the nest to take care of their eggs, the male horned owl heads off to find food for both of them. Once the chicks hatch, he makes sure he finds enough food for the new additions to the family as well.
Fun dads are the BEST, and in the animal kingdom, that title belongs to the red fox! Male red foxes love playing with their pups. When it’s time for the young foxes to find their own meals, he doesn’t just let them go hungry—he hides food nearby, teaching the pups how to find food for themselves.
Dads are usually super-playful, but you know that when dad is upset, you better cut the sh*t and get in line. Male gorillas don’t kid around when it comes to parenting. They will lead their families to food, settle disputes, and even discipline an adolescent male gorilla who challenges him for dominance. Daddy gorillas are not kidding around, y’all!
Stay-at-home dads are the bomb, and penguins prove just that! Penguin dads take on the babysitting duty for the first two weeks after the egg is laid—they don’t even take a break to eat—while their baby mommas leave to feed at sea! The males will also feed the chick once he or she hatches.
The thing my dad loves the most (after my sis and me, I hope!) is relaxing in front of the TV. Lions are not that different from my dad. OK, OK! They don’t watch golf marathons all day (BORING!), but they do enjoy relaxing and sleeping while the female lion goes looking for dinner.
There are many things that suck about growing up, but one of the worst has to be the fact that if my dad tried to give me a piggyback ride now, he would probably break in half. Not calling you old dad … just keeping it real! Male black-necked swans also love giving their babies piggyback rides. Cygnets (baby swans) will ride on their dad’s backs for warmth and protection when they are first born. How cute is that?!
The peta2 dad will drive you to protests, is always open to trying your vegan recipes (especially if it means you will be getting points for it!), will call your school to demand that your teacher give you an alternative to dissection, wears a peta2 sticker on his leather-free wallet, and is always reminding you that you CAN change the world!
Remember: peta2 dads aren’t born—they’re made! :) Check out our “Take Action” page for awesome ideas on how you can help your dad become a warrior for animals!