25 of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom harbors many parenting secrets. Compared with humans, animals have both unique and similar ways of parenting their offspring. For instance, elephants rely on young females to act as babysitters for their young calves–sound familiar?
Not everything animal parents do is identical to human parents. For instance, the Panda bear commonly gives birth to two babies but she only raises one. Before you go thinking Panda moms are callous and cruel, it’s not that at all. Instead, out in the rough and tough wild mothering one baby requires all of the resources a Panda has to offer. Her decision boils down to one healthy baby or two weak babies.
Not everything is bleak out in the wild, in fact few things are. It appears animals enjoy raising their young just as much as us furless humans! Check out these photos of the cutest parenting moments in the animal kingdom to see just how much fun animal families have living life on the wild side.
This Polar Bear cuddles her baby close, her thick claws and foreboding paws keeping a tight grip on her sweet little cub.
David Lazar shot this stunning image of two lionesses living in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The two adoringly gaze at their baby sibling, with pride often reserved to parents.
How cute are they?!?!
This mama helps her baby to stay afloat as they go for a swim in the waters they call home.
How about a nap now?
Baby squirrels are so small and hairless you can hardly tell what they are–but this mama knows her baby when she sees him.
What is under this mommy’s colorful wings–2 sleepy chicks!
This is one strong possum carting around 6 babies on her back, while simultaneously scaling a fence–you go mom!
“Wait up Ma!” This Fox hollers, clinging tight to his mommy’s bushy fox tail.
Elephants are the only other species (besides us humans) that visits the graves of their deceased loved ones. You can only imagine how much love elephants have for their offspring. This adorable pair link trunks as they travel onward.
How Bear-y cute are these two?!
Parents always know best–this loving mother swan tucks her babies under her wings where they will stay warm and dry while traveling across the pond.
Crocodiles are not often considered “cute” but despite their scaly skin and forbidding sharp teeth, turns out they are family-orienated! Udayan Rao Pawar, was voted Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2013 after he snapped the photo below of a croc family. He camped out on the banks of the Chambal River in India in order to see 2 gharial crocodile colonies. While the animal sightings at the Chambal River are incredible, the area is threatened by illegal sand-mining and fishing.
Play Time! This big mama finds her baby cub’s ticklish spots!
Penguins use a buddy system to help watch over their young, adults take turns forming groups around baby penguins in order to keep them safe and warm.
No butts about it, these two are definitely related.
As mom and dad share a passionate embrace, the little one begs for some attention around here.
Peek-a-Boo–Did someone say FISH?!?! These two grizzly bears play in deep water, baby isn’t afraid, she knows she has her mom there to protect her.
“But I’m already clean!”
Papa bear teaches his cub some things
Has anyone seen my baby chick?
While mama hunts for some food, baby decides now is a nice time to take a nap.
When you become a parent (human or animal) you realize that the one thing greater than enjoying a good meal is feeding a good meal to your children.
You might think this bird has one too many legs, but think again….
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When God Reached Out to Me
By: Iman Reda Mohamed
Before getting married, I was pregnant with my baby but her father was mad at me.
When he knew about it he told me: “I am not ready to be a father, you have to abort the baby!!” (hard words for a young woman).
I told him: “I don’t care if you don’t want the baby, but I will never kill a little person only because you want to. So, I will be a single mother but you will have responsibilities towards the baby.” And I left him…
Twins Don’t Know That They Have Been Born Yet – Newborns Mimicking Life In The Womb (Video)
In this video posted by a French nurse, the newborn twins can’t seem to stop hugging right after being born. As beautiful as this video is, the funny thing is that the nurse Sonia Rochel actually filmed and posted it to display a new bathing technique for babies, not knowing she would capture something to aw-inspiring. As TODAY Moms points out, “They’re already born, but they might not know it yet. This video of a unique bath is offering an amazing look at what life must like for twins in the womb, with the babies cuddling and embracing as if they were still in their mom’s belly.”
30 newborns admitted to the Neonatology Department of Shifa hospital in Gaza
Source: The Netherlands for Palestine
There is no electricity, there is currently looking for an alternative. Photo: 08-11
Incredible leopard and baby baboon interaction (Video)
An iconic scene from Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s film Eye of the Leopard where a curious Legedema discovers a newborn baby baboon that brings out a different response to the one you’d expect.
Attacks on hospitals expose Israel’s “self-defense” claims as lies
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on 27 July.
By: Rami Almeghari
A baby was delivered at al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza last Thursday. That should not be news; babies are born all the time. What was remarkable about this birth is that the child’s mother had been killed by the Israeli military.
The delivery of this child is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the hospital’s staff. Three days earlier, Israel attacked the hospital with tank shells. At least five Palestinians were reported dead.
Last Wednesday, Israel completely leveled al-Wafa rehabilitation and geriatric hospitalto the ground, after two weeks of missile strikes and threats of heavier attacks.
Miracle Gaza Baby (Video)
I can’t still understand this GazaUnderAttack. Why are ordinary civilians being killed in the name of self defense. This babie’s mum was pregnant when she was killed. When the mum arrived at the hospital, they felt something moving and this baby was born in an emergency caesar.
When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother’s womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour.
Twenty-three-year-old Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble. She was left in critical condition and her husband, a local radio journalist, was also badly wounded.
“Her body was brought in after an Israeli shelling at 3:00 am on Friday,” said Doctor Fadi al-Kharti, who was at Deir al-Balah hospital when she was rushed in. “We tried to revive her but she had died on the way to hospital.”
Before paramedics managed to dig her out, she had been stuck under the rubble of her home for an hour. “Then we noticed movement in her stomach, and estimated she was about 36 weeks pregnant,” he says. Doctors performed an immediate Caesarian section and saved the baby, who was named after her late mother.