Love and Compassion of Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

Every year, the world comes together to honor human mothers by celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, but what about the rest of the animal kingdom? What do we really know about how mothers across the animal kingdom go through motherhood? Well, they are not that different from human mothers, although some non-human species even might be way more protective of their children.

Love and Compassion of Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

The sheer love, compassion and commitment of mothers is widespread in the animal kingdom, with wildlife photographers capturing mothers who would do whatever it takes to protect and nurture their young ones. From small creatures to mighty species, we bring to you 20 heart-touching pictures from the animal kingdom to celebrate the occasion of Mother’s Day.

The tender warmth beautifully captured through the dynamics of a young Sichuan snub-nosed monkey embraced by its mother.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Zhang Qiang

Protective shields – The herd of female elephants encircled the newborn as a bull elephant tried to separate the calf from its mother.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Peter Delaney

This eastern grey kangaroo and her joey were among the few survivors who endured 2020 bushfires in New South Wales and Victoria.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur

The Protective Hand – It is a heartwarming shot of a mother and baby Sumatran Orangutan in the Pinus Jantho Nature Reserve of Sumatra, Indonesia.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Maxime Aliaga

This grebe family seems to enjoy its swim time together in California, as the chicks huddle on the mother’s back.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Ly Dang

A newborn Sandhill Crane colt resting atop its mother, enjoying a windy day in Florida.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Robin Ulery

A chick flamingo with its mother in Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán, which is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Claudio Contreras Koob

This polar bear family is enjoying a fun playtime as the kids embrace the warmth of their mother.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Steve Levi

A mother oystercatcher is giving its young one lessons to forage and how to open crustaceans.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: James Wilcox

An elephant mother helping a young calf stand up and face the world with all its might.

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Image: Charl Stols

A white rhinoceros with its young one walking through the picturesque Tanzanian landscape.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Chris Minihane

The family that eats together stays together. A rhinoceros grazing alongside its calf.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Greg du Toit

An elephant along with its calf enjoying family time was pictured in a savanna of the African wilderness.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Will Burrard-Lucas

A zebra and its foal in the mist is probably one of the most gorgeous black & white wildlife photographs ever captured in the Etosha National Park in Namibia.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Lenzen Anskar

A heartwarming picture of a koala walking with its baby on its back across a road in Australia.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Patricia Ortega Olmos

Capturing the bond and close connection between a fawn and mother deer, this shot was taken at Berkeley Deer Park in England.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Dan Rose

The picture was captured just before the sunset with a cow and its calf as the main subjects.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Nate Pham

Captured in the Cisarua region of West Java, Indonesia, this heartwarming photograph of a female proboscis monkey embracing its baby is truly mesmerizing.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Irawan Subingar

An old Olive Ridley turtle shuffles amidst the waves, ushering a young hatchling into the safety.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Tarak Chakraborty

An adult polar bear along with its young cub enjoying the frigid environs of the Arctic.

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Motherhood in Animal Kingdom

Image: Steven Kazlowski /WWF

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