These four-legged fathers are ready to step up to the plate when it comes to taking care of their litters. Just check out these GIFs of proud papas with their babies for the first time EVER - but first, grab a hanky.
1. This protective papa takes all precautions to ensure his daughter's safety.
2. This dad's been practicing his embarrassment tactics.
3. He couldn't resist whispering a classic dad joke in his newborn's ear.
4. A cat dad's work is never done.
5. This dog dad cannot even with his pups right now.
6. Sniffing the heck out of your progeny is almost as good as a paternity test.
7. This feline father has the couch cuddle down.
8. He knows the importance of letting the kids win ...