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The 10 most amazing moms of the animal kingdom

The 10 Most Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom

The animal kingdom at large doesn't celebrate Mother's Day, but there are several animal mommas that definitely deserve a huge bouquet of flowers and breakfast in bed.

Here are 10 of the most amazing (non-human) mums out there.


Number 10: Polar bear
Rearing young in 40 degree below 0 temps doesn't even sound possible, but mama bear makes it work by digging an underground den. She then slips into an 8-month hibernation state while her babies nurse. When it's over, she, having not eaten for the entire duration, goes out and hunts food for them.

Number 9: African elephant
Talk about commitment. The females carry their babies for nearly 2 years before giving birth. The nursing phase that follows can last 3 times that long.

Number 8: Sea louse
This creature gets kudos for going through the worst childbirth on the planet. Her hundreds of babies eat their way out into the world. Sort of like a cesarean, but from the inside.

Number 7: Emperor penguin
After laying her egg, the mother embarks on a 70 mile trek to find a fish to feed her young. The father watches it while she's gone, but when she gets back she has to find them.

Number 6: Red-Knobbed hornbill
Among the ultimate protectors, this Indonesian bird seals herself in the nest with her eggs and doesn't come out till they've hatched. During the two-month period, she goes hungry rather than venturing out for food. The nests are built inside holes in trees, and the bird uses its own feces as a sealant.

Number 5: Harp seal
Talk about self-sacrifice. These moms fast for the entire 12-day nursing period. Over that time, the little one gains 5 pounds a day thanks to the steady diet of 48 percent fat milk. The mother, on the other hand, drops about 80 pounds before it's over.

Number 4: Cheetah
These cats may grow up to be fast, strong predators, but they certainly aren't born that way. Their survival skills are all thanks to mom, who spends up to 2 years teaching them how to stay high up on the food chain.

Number 3: Orangutan
Mother and child relationships in the wild tend to be brief, but not for the orangutan. Kids stay home with their mums for around 6 years and continue to drop by and visit for many, many more.

Number 2: Wolf Spider
Spiders aren't generally known for their strong maternal instincts, but the wolf variety is an exception. She attaches her egg sac to her body and travels with it, even backtracking to find it in the event it breaks free. After the babies are born, she lets them hitch a ride on her abdomen for a week or so.

Number 1: Giant Pacific octopus. This mother will eat her own arm before abandoning her babies. Seriously. She refuses to leave her 200 thousand eggs unattended, and won't go in search of nourishment. If the hunger gets to be too much, she'll start consuming herself.

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uwantmeda May 11 2014 at 5:56 AM

WHAT a amazing for Polar bear???? thay eat own when it hungry.......stupid

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nam2205 uwantmeda May 11 2014 at 9:05 AM

Not females. dumbbell

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Stephens May 11 2014 at 10:43 AM

No Koalas?

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napa422 May 11 2014 at 11:03 AM

American moms could learn a lot from elephants, about parenting!!!

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R. Carroll napa422 May 11 2014 at 12:10 PM

Support the elephants. Don't buy furniture with ivory. If you happen to have any thing with ivory get rid of it.

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PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM R. Carroll May 11 2014 at 1:34 PM

all that will do is add to the value of ivory . same result as the war on drugs ; just makes it worse

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mot26mec May 11 2014 at 12:32 PM

It's really a shame that humans (supposedly the smartest of them all) cannot take care of their youngs as these wonderful creatures do. Motherhood is the most wonderful gift and blessing a woman can be given.... and many of them don't care nor appreciate it.

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cgoslingpbc mot26mec May 11 2014 at 1:14 PM

Animal mothers often abandon or kill those babies that are not perfect, or those babies that she is unable to nurse and care for. Thank goodness humans don't do the same. Animal fathers often kill babies so they can mate with the newly fertile mother.

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songbirdgray mot26mec May 11 2014 at 6:10 PM

I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

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breezejd38 May 11 2014 at 1:35 PM

Some humans are the worst Moms on Earth, especially Ghetto Trough Hog Drug Addicts!

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Kate breezejd38 May 11 2014 at 5:41 PM

If they actually existed as a species, I would agree. As they don't, that was an incredibly offensive thing to say.

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songbirdgray Kate May 11 2014 at 6:10 PM

I DISAGREE THERE A SPECIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WHO ARE LESS THAN HUMAN. AND I AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT MADE BY BREEZEJD38 . IT'S SAD BUT IT IS TRUE.

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blkcontessa breezejd38 May 11 2014 at 7:38 PM

Are you talking about your own skills as a mother? I bet you teach your kids everything you don't know" can't wait when idiots like you die out"

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Bob May 11 2014 at 2:58 PM

You mean OctoMom doesn't get an honorable mention?

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Gary May 11 2014 at 3:56 PM

I applaud the Giant Panda. The 300 pound mother gives birth to a baby the size of a stick of butter. Gives up most food during the early nursing. Nurses the cub for 6 months to a year, and stays with the cub for up to 3 years. Also one of the few who don't eat meat,, and never attack humans.

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desi1023 Gary May 12 2014 at 1:09 AM

I agree! And only about 2500 on the planet. Long live Bao Bao et al. :-D

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bigred8690 May 11 2014 at 4:51 PM

What about Obamacare liberals? They carry their young in the womb for 26 years.

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Susan May 11 2014 at 5:53 PM

The photo shown on AOL"The 10 Most Amazing Animal Moms" is photo shopped - 2 of the three are African Elephants with large ears -the other is an Indian Elephant. Wish they wouldn't do this..........

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songbirdgray May 11 2014 at 6:07 PM

SOME ANIMALS TREAT THERI YOUNG BETTER THANK HUMANS! ISN'T THAT INTERESTING.?

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