Moms in the Wild

polar bear babies

Moms in the Wild

Mother’s Day reminds us to be thankful for all the things our moms did for us when we grew up – from delicious meals for dinner, taking us to sports practices day or night or weekends, to helping us with homework and preparing us for life. We truly are lucky to experience this nurture, but humans aren’t the only moms who look after their young. Animals throughout the kingdom nurture their babies into adulthood with many practices that humans might see as strange. Here are some fun facts about moms in the wild that might surprise you!

Mother penguins lay eggs and then leave them in the protection of their mate while they hunt for food.

penguin baby


Orangutans carry their young after birth for up to 7 years – that’s a stage 5 clinger!


When wolf pups are first born they can’t see or hear, their moms have to provide them with constant attention for them to survive.

wolf pup


While the female seahorse produces the eggs, the male is the one who gets pregnant and carries the infants to birth.


Harp seal moms can tell which pup is theirs just by smell – pee-yew!

harp seal baby

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Polar bears almost always give birth to twins.

polar bear babies


Female octopi lay over fifty thousand eggs at a time! She guards them over the 40 days it takes them to hatch.


Elephants carry their young for 22 months, with the calves weighing around 250 pounds – now that’s a big baby!

elephant baby

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