This picture comes to us from the Bronx Zoo in New York circa 1980. The parent here, a female giraffe that answers to the name Cleo, is happy and proud of her daughter Donna. Obviously, Donna is pretty huge for a baby, but to her giraffe mom she’s teeny tiny.
And just like with a human baby, it took some time for Donna to be ready to go out in the open and meet visitors. Until she was strong enough to handle loads of people taking pictures of her, wanting her attention, and generally being pretty loud, Cleo didn’t leave her side and proudly groomed and smooched her.
I Don't Remember Inviting You
Sometimes a mama just needs to have some alone time with her kids, no cameras allowed. Sphynx cats always kinda look grumpy – well, even more than most cats – and this one really seems to be leaning into the whole angry look as it snuggles up with its kittens.
Of course, the kittens couldn't care less, since they're snuggling up with mom. Mom might not want a camera shoved in her face, but at least she has a chance to lie down and take a load off for a few minutes.
Hounding for Kisses
Look at this sweet picture of a basset hound family. We are told that Big Mama on the left is named Eulenspiegel and that the pup kissing her is named Allegro. We don't know the names of the other siblings in the cot but they all seem mighty comfortable and mighty appreciative of the sense of safety that they have thanks to their mom.
Anyone who has ever had a basset hound knows just how affectionate they are to their humans. Now imagine what it must be like for them to be your actual parent. Sounds like pure bliss to us.
A Helpful Bump on the Bumper
Would you just look at the baby hippo being helped out of the water by a loving parent? It's so sweet we can feel our dentist getting rich. The difference between an adult hippo and a baby hippo is quite astonishing. While an adult hippo seems like a fearsome beast you do not want to be too close to, baby hippos look cute enough to be the perfect cuddle buddies.
They might as well be made of plush. We guess the same thing happens with humans too. While babies are adorable and everybody wants to hug them and protect them, some of the adult specimens are, umm... let's just say they are nothing to write home about.
A Cat Pat
Cats' ways are pretty mysterious. They could be affectionate and purring in your lap for one minute and then frantically zoom around the house knocking your favorite plants the next. We would never understand why. Their parenting ways, apparently, can be just as enigmatic. Take this photo for example.
This cat parent tapping their young's forehead could mean so many different things. It could mean "job well done," "you have a little schmutz there, let me get it for you," or even "that's enough, go to your room." To be fair, they're probably thinking the same thing about human parents.