This mother capybara is doing something that many human nursing mothers wish they could do. She is enjoying a tasty snack while one of her juniors is enjoying her milk. Sure, we bet the mother would have liked to enjoy her Valentine’s Day snack with her baby daddy (or, god forbid, privately) but this seems like the next best option.
It seems like someone put a lot of effort into her fruity sandwich. Her little ones might not be old enough for fruity sandwiches of their own, but they will enjoy the nutritional value in their mother’s milk soon enough.
But I Haven't Brushed My Hair Yet!
Tawny frogmouths look a lot like the love child of an owl and a muppet but they are actually neither. Native to mainland Australia and the island of Tasmania, these birds are a joy to observe. All it takes is one look at this picture of a baby bird and their parent to understand that they are their own separate breed.
These two seem incredibly surprised though we're not sure why. Maybe they are just upset that there's a camera in their faces before they had a chance to groom their feathers this morning. Seriously, these birds actually clean up quite nicely.
This Little Piggy
Everybody knows babies are small but it still somehow always takes us by surprise to realize just how tiny newborns can be. The animal kingdom is pretty similar in that respect (depending on the species, of course). We all know that piglets are by definition smaller than their mothers, but this picture demonstrates by just how much.
As the big sow here is taking a nice nap in the hay, her little piglet snuggles up close to her. And as he does that, we can see that his whole body is about the same size as her nose and that he can very well use one of her ears as a blanket.
One at a Time, Please
Anybody who has ever had twins (or triplets, or even more for that matter) knows this picture all too well. Actually, kindergarten teachers are probably pretty familiar with this situation too. You bring out a snack for them all, and then they flock over and try to get their piece while completely blocking each other from getting theirs, be it intentionally or by accident.
This peahen looks like she is two seconds away from threatening to take the snack back until everybody behaves. Let's hope the little chicks learn to share and play nicely before that happens or nobody gets a snack at all.
In our human appearance, there are some features that take longer to settle in. Just take a look at newborn babies' eye color — it's usually some kind of undefined bluish gray and they will settle into a permanent color a few months in. Baby tapirs are similar yet different in that respect.
As we can see with this adorable baby tapir on the left, they are born with fur markings that will sooner or later fade into one, darker color just like the one you see on the munching mother to the right. She is using her flexible proboscis to help her chew on some tasty leaves and feed her young.