Let's face it. When it comes to paternal instincts in the animal kingdom, there are more than a couple of lousy dads. In the natural world, a majority of dad critters are programmed to produce as many heirs as possible without sticking around to take care of their offspring.
Moms often get the credit for not only child bearing but also child rearing, while dads are left out and ignored. However, there are some exceptions to this trend that dominates the parenting scene in the animal kingdom. In fact, in some species, the proud father plays an integral role in raising the young along with, or sometimes in place of, the mother. Here are standout animal fathers that could teach us a thing or two about parenting.