The most exemplary mothers in the animal kingdom

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, we at 3Love Inc. would like to pay tribute to some of the most extraordinary mothers in the animal kingdom, who are examples of dedication, affection and protection towards their offspring.

 

  • Orangutan

 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the bond between a mother orangutan and her offspring is one of the strongest in nature. During the first two years of life, young orangutans are completely dependent on their mothers for food and transportation. Mothers stay with their young kids for six to seven years, teaching them where to find food, what and how to eat, and also how to build a sleeping shelter. Females are known to visit their mothers until they are 15 or 16 years old.

 

  • Lioness

 

All mothers are protective of their cubs, but none are as protective as the lioness. Mothers and cubs spend most of their time away from the pride, and the cub is totally dependent on its mother during this period. They are dependent on their mother until they are two years old, or until they are able to fend for themselves. During that time, there is nothing the lioness will not do to protect them.

 

  • Polar Bear

 

Mother polar bears are always on the lookout for their cubs. They usually give birth to twin cubs that stay with her for two years while they learn how to survive in the cold climate. To protect them, the mother digs deep into the snow to create a shelter. Typically, mothers give birth between November and January and keep the cubs warm and healthy by providing milk and body heat. The cubs then leave the den between March and April to become accustomed to outside temperatures before learning to hunt.

 

  • African Elephant

 

A new mother elephant is never alone when raising a calf. Elephants live in a matriarchal society, so other females in the social group help a calf stand up after birth and teach the new mother how to nurse. On the other hand, older elephants adjust the pace of the herd so that the calf can keep up. By watching the adults, the calf learns which plants to eat and how to access them. Females regularly maintain affectionate contact with their calf.

 

  • Cheetah

 

Cheetah mothers usually give birth to two to six cubs, which she raises in isolation. The mother moves their waste every four days to avoid accumulating odors that can be tracked by predators. After being trained for 18 months to hunt, the cheetah cubs finally leave their mothers. After that period, the cubs form a sibling group that will stay together for another six months.

 

  • Emperor penguin

 

After laying an egg, the mother emperor penguin leaves it with a male who protects the fragile shell from the elements. The mother then travels up to 80 kilometers to reach the ocean and fish. She later returns to the incubation site to feed the newly hatched chick. Using the warmth of her own brood pouch, the mother keeps the chick warm and safe.

 

  • Snowy owl

 

extraordinary vision and hearing, a mother snowy owl can identify the slightest movement in the snow before swooping down on her prey. Able to hear her chicks before they have even hatched, a mother snowy owl is always listening for her chicks, just like our dear mothers.

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