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You’ll Love these Mama and Baby Animal Facts!

We love all the Mamas of the animal kingdom! From big to small to furry to scaly, Moms make the world go ’round. Here are some fun facts about mother and baby animals.

Mama and Baby Sloth: Baby sloths cling to their mother’s fur for five weeks to six months, and then stay close to her side for the next two to four years as they learn to slowly climb through the trees.

Mama and Baby Giraffe: Newborn baby giraffes are six feet tall and weigh 150 pounds. They’re still not tall enough to reach the tree leaves, so the mother giraffe will pluck the leaves and put them directly into the baby’s mouth, until they’re tall enough to do it themselves!

Mama and Baby Tortoise: These African spurred tortoises are only 6 centimeters long when they’re born. They’ll ride on their mother’s head or shell until they’re old enough to walk on their own!

Mama and Baby Panda: Panda babies weigh only 3.5 ounces when they’re born, and are carried by their mothers for their first three months. After that, they’ll gain 100 pounds in their first year!

Mother and Baby Duck: A mother duck will lay up to 15 eggs at a time, and then sit on her eggs for 28 days before they hatch, rarely leaving the nest. Baby ducklings start swimming only 10 hours after they are born!

Mama and Baby Orangutan: Orangutan mothers only give birth every eight years or so. The babies stay with their mother for six to eight years, and have a very tight bond: the closest of all animals, except for humans!

Mama and Baby Cheetah: Baby cheetahs are born blind, but by the time they grow up, they can see up to 3 miles away! Cheetah babies also have a long, tall “mohawk” from their neck all the way down their tail, which helps them blend into the grass and hide from predators.

Mama and Baby Gazelle: The mother gazelle helps its baby stand up on its feet, just moments after it’s born! She will hide her baby in tall grasses while she grazes, and come back to feed it every few hours.

Mama and Baby Hippopotamus: When a mother hippo gives birth, she and her baby will isolate themselves for two weeks so they can bond. She even gives up grazing so she can spend time with her little one! After that, they’ll re-join the herd, but remain closely bonded until the baby is seven.

Mama and Baby Cat: Mother cats have a special noise they use to call to their kittens, called a “chirr” or a “chirrup.” It’s different from all other noises they make, and unique to each mother cat. A mother cat is called a “queen”!

Mama and Baby Horse: Baby horses are born with 80% – 90% of the length of their adult legs, and can start walking within a couple hours of being born. When traveling in a herd, mother horses will put their babies in the center to protect them from danger.

Mama and Baby Alligator: Alligator moms actually bond with their babies and show affection, which is unusual among reptile species! Baby alligators stay close to their mothers for a year, and the mothers will fiercely protect them from predators.

Mama and Baby Chipmunk: These li’l critters weigh only 3 grams when they’re born! They live in an underground burrow for one month, and then their mother helps them venture out and learn how to forage and gather food.

Amazing Animal Moms

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the mamas of the Animal Kingdom…  From the furry to the scaly, here are some Amazing Animal Moms!

Orangutans spend their lives living up in the trees… Mama Orangutans build a brand new nest every night out of branches and leaves, for herself and her baby to sleep in. That’s more than 30,000 new nests in a lifetime!

Mama Orangutans also almost never put their babies down for the first two years. The bond between mom & baby orangutan is so strong that the young orangutans continue “visiting” their moms well into their lives.

Elephant mothers and babies have especially strong social bonds. After a 22 month pregnancy, baby elephants stay close to their mothers, and live along side them for about 16 years!  Moms work together with the other female elephants in the herd to help raise and protect each others’ children…it truly takes a village of moms to raise a baby elephant!

Giraffe babies weigh 100-150 pounds and are 6 feet tall when born! With their mothers’ encouragement, they begin walking within 30 minutes. Moms of newborn giraffes get only about 30 minutes of sleep per day since they are so busy guarding their calves…now that’s dedication!

Meerkats primarily eat venomous scorpions—yikes!  Mama meerkats teach their babies how to hunt by catching a scorpion, injuring it to disable its stinger, and giving it to the babies to practice hunting without getting stung.

Newborn baby Bottlenose Dolphins have a hard time keeping up with their mothers, so mothers create a wake while swimming that draws the babies alongside them effortlessly.  Each mother dolphin has her own signature whistle, which is basically like saying her own name. If a baby gets lost, she’ll whistle so that the baby can find her again.

Alligator moms build a nest of vegetation around their eggs.  As the vegetation starts to decompose, it generates heat that keeps the eggs warm until they hatch (it’s basically a cozy compost pile!)  When the little gators crack out of their eggs, Alligator moms carry the tiny  babies in their jaws for protection!  Who knew these ferocious fangs could be so gentle?

EEK: Mom Cat Grooms Baby Bunny

On the Internet today: amazing video video of a cat with strong maternal instincts nuzzling a baby bunny. A bit of grooming triggers a full-blown cuddlefest and well, you get the picture. Press play for the good stuff, but you’ve been warned: graphic interspecies cuteness ahead.

Source: YouTube via BuzzFeed

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Police Officers Rescue Ducklings From Sewer, Are Awesome

Source: YouTube | Via: The Pet Collective

And here’s your daily cry: a gaggle of ducklings, stuck under a sewer grate and separated from their anguished mom on the sidewalk above. Who can help, you ask? The police can! Watch the video above for a joyful reconciliation between mom and her brood.

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Mom Duck Coaxes Tiny Ducklings From Ledge With Love, Patience

A bit of patience is required here but you should watch the entire clip (about 3 minutes total) as the reward — an adorable, fuzzy reconciliation between mother and her charges — justifies it! THIS IS HOW YOU PARENT!

Source: YouTube | Via BuzzFeed

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10 Life Lessons Learned From Animal Moms (As Told With YouTube Videos)

We’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day all week here at From Hop To Pop. Tuesday’s post, a gallery of Mom tattoos, tackled a decidedly human phenomena, but today we’re digging into the animal kingdom for inspiration. Posted below, then, are 10 life lessons that we’ve gleaned from doting animal moms (both biological and surrogate), as told with YouTube videos.

1. Sharing is caring. Take the cat in the video below, who nurses an orphaned bunny along with her litter. A-DORBS.


2. Ask for help when you need it. In this next clip, an elephant gives her baby a much-needed push at a time of need.


3. Keep up appearances. Daily grooming sessions are a great way to bond, as demonstrated by this tigress and her cub. (I can’t stop marveling at her tongue, it’s HUGE.)


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