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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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