My fact for the day tells me that:
A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Most father penguins lose about 25 pounds while they wait for their babies to hatch. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.
Is it possible that the human male could learn something from this? Maybe I’m just too cynical but I keep wondering how a man who can’t care about me longer than a few minutes is ever going to care for something that takes 9 months to create and a lifetime to nurture. But perhaps a father is just as different from a boyfriend as a mother is from a girlfriend.
Posted on May 8, 2007, in Battle of the sexes, Relationships, Seriously speaking, Times, they are a-changing, XXFactor series and tagged Biology, Emperor Penguin, Father, Fatherhood, Future fathers, Paternity, Science. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.