You know how sometimes we tell our kids they’re so cute we could eat them? We might even add a playful pretend nibble. Well, looking at this picture we think we might have an idea of where that expression came from.
While this mama gator is definitely not munching on her baby, you have to admit that it looks a lot like that. The thing that is, in fact, happening here is actually pretty standard — crocodile mothers carry their young in their mouths as a means of transport. What we are looking at here is just the gator version of carpooling.
Brought to us from the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this picture is the perfect way to show us just how human-like monkeys can be. Bonobo monkeys are basically just Bermuda shorts away from being your neighbor from across the street.
This bonobo mother seems to be pondering something deep and meaningful while her baby follows suit. We wonder what she could be thinking about. Maybe it's what kind of fruit she wants to have for lunch or maybe it's the meaning of life. Must be that fruit thing. We bet she already knows the meaning of life.
Hey Mom, What Are You Doing?
Our relationship with our parents goes through different stages of development during which we drop closer to one another or move a little further apart. When they're little, kids tend to look for the physical closeness of their mothers, which can be either adorable or exhausting.
Especially when they're still not fully aware of the fact that grown-ups need to pee in private. It seems like this baby koala is exactly at that point and his or her mother is very close to losing her patience. We're assuming that her turned-back head will translate to something along the lines of "how about you play in your room for a couple minutes, huh?"
Mom, Are You Up?
Polar bears have this fluffy white coat and a strangely cute face that make it very easy for us to forget that they are, in fact, natural-born killing machines. This cub testing his mother's nerves and patience, while playful, will absolutely destroy you if you did something to deserve it. When it's older, that is.
For now, the only thing it is terrorizing is the quality of his mother's nap. As any human parent would love to tell Mama Bear here, naps will be few and far between in the near future. We couldn't be any more sympathetic if we tried.
Black and White on Black and White
One of the very first tips that a new mom gets is to try to sleep when her baby sleeps. Since sleep is such a precious commodity when you have a baby, it is important to take advantage of any chance of nap time that comes your way. It looks like this panda bear mom is taking that advice with both hands and applying it like a master.
She seems to be having the time of her life catching some z's with her newly born cubs. We are told that the cubs only way about 1 kg each, but we have no doubt that if they stick to their napping schedule they will be just as big and strong as their loving mother.