In the lead up to Mother’s Day, we take a look at the furrier and more feathery mothers in the animal kingdom. Click through our gallery to view these beautiful photos, showing a mother’s love is truly universal.
A polar bear cub snuggles up against her mother Valeska, in their enclosure at Bremerhaven’s (Bremen’s) Zoo by the Sea, Germany March 9, 2016. The female cub, who is yet to ne named, was born on December 11 last year. REUTERS/Carmen Jaspersen/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTSA0NX
A joey looks out from its the pouch of its mother, Chuck the kangaroo, in her enclosure at a zoo in the western Siberian city of Barnaul March 29, 2014. The zoo bought Chuck in 2013, believing it to be male until staff observed the cub in its pouch this month, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin (RUSSIA – Tags: ANIMALS) – RTR3J2KB
A manatee calf nurses from its mother inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida January 15, 2015.
A ten-day old male rhinoceros calf stands next to its mother ‘Kumi’ in their enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, October 24, 2014. The baby rhino, who is yet to be named, is its mother’s second offspring. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY – Tags: ANIMALS) – RTR4BFM0
Giant Panda mom Mei Xiang (top) pins her cub Bao Bao (bottom) during a wrestling match in the snow at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington January 27, 2015. A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS) – RTR4N6MB
A one and a half months old baby elephant stands close to its mother as she lies down in Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, south of Kathmandu December 30, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL – Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTR4JL6G
A lioness plays with her cub at the zoo in Sarajevo October 10, 2014.
A two day old wild sea otter pup and its mother sleep inside the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California March 7, 2016. The mother, seeking shelter from rough seas and stormy weather, gave birth to the pup inside the relative calm of the tide pool. REUTERS/Michael Fiala – RTS9QE9
Rotem, a Sand Cat, is pictured with her three cubs at the Safari in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, August 18, 2015. Rotem gave birth to her cubs three weeks ago. The species is listed as near threatened and extinct from Israel, according to the zoo’s staff. REUTERS/Baz Ratner – RTX1OOOW
A five-month-old baby female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) plays with her mother Sulli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, near Malaga, southern Spain, September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Nazca – RTSNFPY
Female walrus Polosa and her 4-weeks old calf, nameless until now, are pictured in Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, Germany, July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer – RTX1IR0J
A newly born Western Lowland Gorilla baby is held by its Mother ‘Frala’ in their enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, May 19, 2015. The baby gorilla was born six days ago, and is the second sired by the zoo’s new Silverback, Kibali, who arrived from France in 2012. REUTERS/David Gray – RTX1DJVC