I love animals with a fierceness that cannot be contained. Animal Planet is one of only five channels I actually know the number of on my extensive cable lineup and I plan my year around Shark Week. I'm constantly amazed at the life that exists outside of humanity — some of these creatures are so much like us it's surreal. Take for instance the maternal instinct. Have you ever seen an animal with their baby at the zoo? It's beautiful to behold, and almost too much for my heart. So I compiled the best animal moms in the kingdom, because I want you to love them as much as I do.
When you think of mothers in the animal kingdom, what comes to mind? For me, it's the protective mama bear guarding her cubs or the kangaroo with a joey filling out her pouch. However, mammals don't have the corner on the market as far as epic parenting goes, and you might be surprised by the creatures that make the best mothers.
As a terribly insufferable hippie, tree-hugging vegan, I've always wondered about the finned and feathered animals about the planet. How do they mother? Is it purely a product of reproduction? I was shocked to learn of the close behavior of some of these animals when I spoke with Terry Boscomb, MS, adjunct lecturer, and PhD candidate in behavioral biology and zoology from Upstate New York, and the list reflects that.