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5 Remarkable Mothers of Animal Kingdom.

Animal reproduction strategies are mainly of two types. They either produce large number of offspring most of whose chance of survival is slim, or else they produce one or few offspring with comparatively higher chance of growing into adulthood.

Rodents, Rabbits, and many insects tend to follow the first reproductive strategy, while elephants, horses and whales usually exhibit the second pattern.

The young animals of the former category are meant to fend for themselves as their parent animals do not care for them since most of them are going to die. But the latter category is where the best mothers of the entire animal kingdom belong. They even put their own lives in line to protect their offspring and spend huge amount of time and care in nursing them.

Given below are three such exceptional animal parents on planet.

  • Orangutans are just like human mothers.
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They take care of their little ones for many years. Just like human mothers, orangutan mother has a gestation period of 8 months.  For the next few months after the birth, the mother carries her baby around without letting it face any danger. They will feed the babies, groom them and take care of them for up to 8 years.

Even after the grown orangutans started spending their own time, exploring and grooming themselves, they still live with their mothers most of the time.

Many adult females visit their mothers continuously.

  • Killdeer will die for its eggs.
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Killdears lay their eggs in the nests on ground. Thus, their eggs are vulnerable to many predators such as snakes, leguaans and other big birds.

These little birds collect pebbles that are similar in color to the eggs from the surrounding area and scatter them in and around the nest. In case this scheme doesn’t pan out, the birds put themselves in the harm’s way by hopping around near the predators as if its wing is broken. This way it gets the predator to follow it instead of eggs. Not all the time a bird mother flies out safely after presuming such a risk.

  • Giant Pacific Octopus sacrifices themselves for the next generation.
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Octopus moms produce a large number of eggs. (In some cases, up to 40 000 eggs). She produces and lay her eggs on a protected nook on a rock. Over the next six months, she’ll blow water over the eggs to aerate the egg mass and cradle them in her arms to keep them safe from predators.

During this whole process she does not eat and by the time offspring come out of eggs she is too weak to live more than couple of weeks.

  • Elephant moms babysit young calves.

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Elephant moms carry their offspring for nearly two years before giving birth. They encourage young calves to be independent and teach them to navigate through challenges. Elephant moms are single parents. Male elephants live a carefree life while females’ boss around and look after the herd. These she elephants babysit each other’s calves and provide protection to every young elephant in the herd.

A she elephant will spend her entire life with her mom while male elephants break away from the herd when he reaches 12-15 years of age. It is believed that when a mother passes away, offspring often visit her final resting place for many a year.

  • Polar Bears deliberately gain weight during pregnancy.
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Polar bears are extremely concerned about their fetus during the pregnancy. They exhibit the dedication which matches a human mother. Polar Bear mothers gain weight during first months of pregnancy – 400 pounds – to make sure the fetus is not reabsorbed by her body. When the time for the delivery comes, she goes months without eating. During this time, she goes to hibernated state.

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