New parents in the human world are fortunate enough to have a ton of resources to help get them through those first few months. Between all the books, videos, and blog posts available to us, there are few surprises after bringing home a newborn. However, things are quite different in the animal kingdom.
Cats can’t exactly pick up a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” leaving them at quite a disadvantage. By the look on this new mom’s face, she clearly didn’t know what she was getting herself into. Perhaps she didn’t get the memo about having to feed her kittens numerous times a day. Either that or this is how this cat mom looks when she wakes up!
Giving the Kids a Swimming Lesson
One distinct feature of the South American Capybara is the way they teach their offspring essential values. Similar to human parents, they give their kids the skills they need to ensure they can survive in the wild on their own. In this picture, we can see a momma Capybara doing just that.
These youngins are learning the art of swimming with their mother as the rearguard. This is just another example demonstrating the importance of hands-on parenting, especially in the wild. It's essential to be able to impart life lessons to your child to help them get the best out of life!
This Is My Life Now
Kids don't care where they sleep. Whether they're humans or dogs, children can snooze just about anywhere. This includes on top of their parents. This pup seems to have found a sweet spot right on mom's neck, and by the look in her eyes, they've been in this position for quite a while.
However, as any parent knows, waking up a sleeping child is a big mistake. Despite how uncomfortable this furry mom gets, she won't budge until her pup does. At least one of them will be getting a good snooze in.
When you roll out of bed as a parent, the passion for parenthood can sometimes get lost, especially if you wake up in a bed covered in stale cereal and sticky toys after getting a whopping two hours of rest. You may start to wonder why you ever thought having a family was such a great idea in the first place. Lack of sleep can do wonders for the brain!
This cat right here undoubtedly knows what it's like to be sleep-deprived. By the look in her eyes, her litter of kittens must have kept her awake most of the night. Lovingly nicknamed "Cathulu" by the internet, and rightfully so, she's the kind of flexible superhero that mothers often become after giving birth.
Sealing a Kiss
Just like humans, animals also show affection to their loved ones with a kiss. Take these seals, for example. This new momma adores her newborn and shows her affection without any reservations. Simply adorable!
Every parent can agree that the first time they laid eyes on their child, they couldn't resist giving them a ton of hugs and kisses. This just happens to be how most animals react toward a loved one. According to Winnie the Pooh, sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in our hearts!