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

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

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

10. Polar Bear

Rearing young in 40 degree below 0 temps doesn’t even sound manageable, but mother bear makes it possible by digging an underground den. She then slips into an 8-month hibernation state while her babies nurse. When it’s over, she goes out and hunts food for them even though she hasn’t eaten for the entire duration.

9. African Elephant

When it comes to commitment nothing can surpass elephants. Females carry their babies for nearly 2 years before giving birth. After giving birth nursing phase follows which can last for 6 years.

8. Sea Louse

This creature deserves a standing ovation for going through the worst childbirth on the planet. Her hundreds of babies eat their way out into the world. It is like a version of cesarean, but from the inside.

7. Emperor Penguin

After laying her egg, the mother undertakes treks of around 70 miles just to find a fish to feed her young. The father watches the eggs while she is gone, but when she gets back she also has to find them.

6. Red Knobbed Hornbill

This Indonesian bird are amongst the ultimate protectors. She seals herself in the nest with her eggs and doesn’t come out untill they have ¬†hatched. Rather than venturing out for food she remains for two months. As if that isn’t already more than enough, the nests are built inside holes in trees, and she uses her own feces as a sealant.

5. Harp Seal

Harp Seal moms fast for the entire 12-day nursing period. Over that time, the little one gains 5 pounds a day because of the steady diet of 48 percent fat milk. Whereas the mother drops about 80 pounds before it’s over. Certainly an act of ultimate self-sacrifice.

4. Cheetah

As babies these cats are not strong and fast predators which they grow up to be. Their survival skills are due to the selfless care of their moms who spends up to 2 years teaching them to how to remain high up on the food chain.

3. Orangutan

Mother and child relationships in the wild tend to be for brief duration, but not for the orangutan. Kids stay home with their mums for around 6 years and continue visiting them for many, many more.

2. Wolf Spider

Spiders do not possess strong maternal instincts, but the wolf variety is an exception. She attaches her egg sac to her body and travels with it, even keeping track of those that breaks free. After the babies are born, she allows them ride on her abdomen for a week or so.

1. Giant Pacific Octopus

Seriously these mothers can never abandon their babies, they will eat their arms before doing so. Without going in search for food she sincerely looks after her 200 thousand eggs unattended. In the process if she gets hungry she’ll start consuming herself.

Hope you liked our list of amazing non-human moms. Let us know in the comment section what you think about it.

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