Happy Father's Day: Dads That Kill the Young

Father's Day may be about warmth and fuzziness to humans, but in the animal kingdom, dads can often be general deadbeats at best and murderous baby killers at worst.

Particularly among fish, it's not uncommon to find dads that will even eat their own young, either the eggs or the ... well, you get the idea. Outside of fish, it's not terribly common to find dads eating their own offspring (filial infanticide, in fancy terms), although some adult male animals, such as lions, will kill a conquered male's offspring in order to flex its dominance muscles and also free up some breeding time for the (now-childless) ladies in the pride.

With apologies to all the great dads out there in the animal kingdom, let's take a look at a few of nature's harsher papas.

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