Future Fathers

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.

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Posted on May 8, 2007, in Battle of the sexes, Relationships, Seriously speaking, Times, they are a-changing, XXFactor series and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. For a male penguin, it is normal basic instinct to share parental responsibility. And basic instinct precedes their lower (relative to humans) intelligence.

    When it comes to the male species of humans, most males use their intelligence to be less-caring, lazy, irresponsible, egoistic, chauvinistic and other not-so-fine virtues. Intelligence, after all, is a neutral capacity of thought and reason, and works both ways, for good or for bad.

    And then, there are some males who act responsibly!

    The above argument applies to females as well.

  2. @ Brad: Grmph. (Expression of extreme annoyance).

  3. there’s nothing to learn its just built-in. you’ve herd of lions killing their spawn!

  4. Awwwwwh. Did I blurt that exceptions can’t be made! So there you go…Cheer Up! We, obviously, stand apart, and I use the collective noun for both of us! 😀

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