11 Precious Motherhood Moments In The Animal Kingdom

There’s nothing in the world like a mother’s love. It's a bond that transcends space and time, and it's one we share with our animal cousins all across the world.This list is in honor of mothers everywhere -- from the treetops of South America to the deserts of the Outback. Share it with the mothers in your life!

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    After giving birth, seal mothers drop about 600 pounds while nursing her cubs in less than a month.

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    Tiger cubs are born blind and don't develop sight for 6 to 12 months. They depend on their mother for their every need.

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    Except for a marsupial (such as a kangaroo), a giant panda baby is the smallest mammal newborn relative to its mother's size.

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    When most puppies are born, they can't hear, see or smell. They're also born without teeth.

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    As the kittens leave the nest, many mothers will invent a "call sign" to signal when they have strayed too far.

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    Hippopotamuses are born underwater. The mother helps her baby to the surface to breathe. Sometimes calves will rest on their mother’s back.

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    For the first 3-8 months of a baby sloth’s life, it clings to its mother, even after it has been weaned.

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    Prairie dogs often "kiss" when they come and go, which allows them to determine if they're members of the same family.

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    Mother meerkats can actually nurse their young while standing.

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    Mama orangutans don't put their babies down until they reach the age or 6 or 7 — that's the longest dependence of any animal on Earth.

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    Joeys spend six months inside their mother's pouch feeding on milk before they're able to digest their main source of food: poisonous eucalyptus leaves.

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