Raising kids is a universal experience for animals from all walks of life, and some species have come up with especially cool and impressive ways to parent. Seriously, humans should look to mother nature for parenting hacks more often — your best bit of parenting advice just might come from an elephant.
The maternal instinct to protect babies is really impressive. Some moms work together in groups to raise the babies, whereas others will nurse their young for years. An octopus mother will even guard her eggs for months or years until dying of starvation, as noted by National Geographic. (For the record: that's taking it too far. At least get some Uber Eats delivered before you get that hungry.)
When you consider the fact that many animals don't care for their offspring even a little bit, the lengths some creatures go for parenting duty is even more impressive. You might expect the list to be mammal exclusive, but some amphibians and even reptiles are super awesome moms, too. Plenty of different species also deal with the struggles and joys of raising their young, and you just might have more in common with cheetahs or whales than you ever imagined. It's wild, right?