25 Amazing Mothers Of The Animal Kingdom.

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The cheetah stays with her litter for two years. She teaches them how to hunt and avoid predators.

Motherhood brings a lot of questions and insecurities. After all, it is an immense responsibility caring for a life. Despite all the self-doubt, our inner animal instinct to love and protect our cubs kicks in very quickly. The animal kingdom is filled with mothers doing everything for their offsprings to survive and thrive in the wild. From koala bears carrying their joeys in their pouch for the first six months of their lives to the mama polar bear who fasts up to eight months while nursing her cubs. Here are some heartwarming photos of some very cool and hardworking mommies.

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Although white rhinoceros tend to prefer living a solitary life, the females make an exception when it comes to their babies. The calf usually stays with the mom for three years, until it's ready to be on its own.

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The Verreaux's sifaka clings to its mama's back even while she leaps from tree to tree.

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The solitary humpback whale stays with her offspring for the first year of its life. The mama does not let the calf out of her sight during this time.

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The gentoo penguin incubates her egg, taking turns with her partner taking care of it. The mom also shares parenting duties after hatchling.

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North American opossums literally hang on to their moms back while she looks for food.


The orangutan builds a home with sticks and branches every single night. The orange momma nurses her babies until the age of six or seven.

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As a baby, the Western lowland gorilla is completely dependent on its mom. The female cuddles and carries her babies almost the same way as humans do.

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The American bald eagle feeds it young meat from her prey hunt. She only eats what her chick rejects.

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Mongoose females time their birthing date to be exact as other moms. If born too early, the pups are at risk of being killed by other females.

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Despite their delicate features mama swans have been known to become violent to predators getting too close to her cygnets.

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Seals are able to find their pups by their voice and smell.

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Too small to swim on its own, the baby caiman instead sits in its mom big mouth.

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Grizzly bears will care for her cubs for up to three years. The protective mom will attack any human or animal she perceives getting too close to her offsprings.

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Moose have a strong relationship with their calves. The mom chases the sons away at two years old, while she allows the daughters to stay with her or in close proximity.

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The female tiger allows her cubs to ambush her. This is part of their learning how to hunt and survive once they leave her side.

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The polar bear raises her cubs on her own. Her babies stay with her until two years old, learning all the skills to survive in the cold.

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The female elephant is pregnant for 22 months. The mom gets help raising her baby from grandmothers, aunts, and even cousins.

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Baby hippopotamus get showered with affection from their mama. The female nurses, nuzzles, grooms, and gently cuddles her baby.

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The mountain goat spends a lot of time protecting her offspring. Predators are abundant; wolves, wolverines, lynxes, and bears are always nearby

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The rock hyrax create nursery groups where all the moms take turn caring for the pups.

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Bottlenosed dolphins nurse their young till 18 months. The calf stays with the mother until the age of six, creating a strong bond.

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The spine-cheek clownfish and her baby sit in their anemone home. This species is commonly found in the Asia-Pacific region.

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After carrying her joey in her pouch for the first six months of its life, the following six are spent on her back while her offspring explores the world.

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It's all about the water for otters. Moms give birth in the water and nurse while floating on their backs. The mother then teaches her young how to swim and hunt.

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