6 of the Best Animal Mothers and Why They Are Amazing - Learning Liftoff - Deepstash

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Giraffe

Giraffe

  • Giraffes gave birth after a pregnancy of 15 month
  • Since the young giraffes cannot run fast, its mother will hide it or leave it with other mother giraffe “babysitters”—known as a creche—while she looks for food
  • Like humans, [the baby giraffes] will start to miss their mother and will wait for her where she was last seen until she comes back
  • Like most moms, giraffes don’t get much sleep. They are always on guard, protecting themselves and their offspring, so they only get about 30 minutes of sleep a day, usually just a few minutes at a time.

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Elephant

Elephant

  • new animal parenting style called the “elephant mom,” is focuses on protection and encouragement the child.
  • Like giraffes, elephants share in the responsibility of caring and defending their young. Elephant moms will often come together to protect and save a baby elephant, even at their own risk.
  • Elephants are loving creatures and moms stay close to their babies, bringing them back to the fold if they wander away, bathing them, nursing them, and teaching them survival skills.
  • And elephants stay with their mothers for an average of 16 years. 

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Orangutan

Orangutan

  • The orangutan mother–infant bond is one of the most intense and intimate I’ve ever seen in any animal
  • Orangutan mothers carry their babies around until they are five years old and they can breast feed them until they are eight years old
  • When they do eventually leave “home,” the female orangutans will often come back for visits with their moms.
  • Young orangutans learn nearly everything they need to know from their mothers. 

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Polar Bear

Polar Bear

  • A mother polar bear must gain extra weight—more than 400 pounds—to ensure the fetus is not reabsorbed by her body
  • She doesn’t eat for a few months while she goes into a hibernation state before giving birth
  • Her cubs are tiny—just one pound—and helpless when born, but even as they get bigger, they stay near their moms for two to three years learning how to survive

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Cheetah

Cheetah

  • The cheetah mom is a hard-working single mother, having to raise between two and eight cubs at a time.
  • In addition to feeding and teaching them, she must protect them from lions, hyenas, and other predators.
  • To keep her litter safe, the mother cheetah moves her cubs to a new location every few days.
  • The babies nurse until they are about eight months old and then they begin to learn to stalk and hunt, getting lessons from mom and practice time with their siblings.

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Gorilla

Gorilla

  • are highly protective of their young baby
  • after birth, they clean the baby, clear his nasal passages, and gentile cradled him

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