Mother’s Day is approaching, and while other species may not be celebrating it (as far as we know), that doesn’t mean animal mums aren’t as good as human mums! Moms are known for making us food, teaching us what is right and wrong, helping us when we are sick or hurt, and showing unconditional love that can turn any frown upside down.
Babies of many species rely on their mothers to give them food, life lessons, care and love. Baby elephants and whales need the care, knowledge and support of their mothers (and grandmothers). Mother rabbits build a nest for their babies and regularly bring clean materials and remove dirty ones to keep them tidy.
Mother’s Day celebrations should honor all great mothers, even those covered in fur, scales, or feathers. This year, give you a PETA Kids Mother’s Day card featuring an animal mom and her baby. All you have to do is click the image, print the card, color it in, and maybe even write a special note inside. ?
Elephants, whales and rabbits aren’t the only ones taking care of their young! Did you know that a mother alligator gently carries her cubs from the nest to the water in her mouth? Or that before her chicks hatch, the mother hen clucks at them and they chirp from the inside of the egg? ? Like you, young people of all kinds love their mothers and need their love in return – orangutans even remain addicted to their mothers until the first seven years of their lives.
And just as your mom takes good care of you, animal moms love their babies, form strong bonds with them, and do whatever it takes to protect them.