Mother's Day special: From fierce lioness to fun-loving flamingo mum, celebrating moms of animal kingdom

On the occasion of international mother's day, it's time to celebrate the moms of animal kingdom

Fearless fledgling

In the picture, a two-day-old flamingo can be seen protected by its mother. 

Flamingos are the wading birds, found along shorelines and mudflats that wade in search of food. They eat larva, small insects, blue-green and red algae, molluscs, crustaceans and small fish. 

The red-orange-pink coloured birds are very social and form strong pair bonds. 

When their chicks hatch, the parents feed the babies with a kind of crop milk, produced in glands lining. 

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Protective macaque moms

A newborn Japanese macaque named "Reiwa" is held by her mother at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden monkey park in Oita city. 

The mother-baby bond is very special among macaques. 

After the birth of their baby, the mother along with the infant avoid other troop members. She later socialises again but very slowly.

Macaque moms don't allow their babies to go near to any one of the troops till the time they are young. 

They are very protective of their babies. 

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Mom's milk is the best

Newly born Baribal American black bears stand next to their mother. 

The litters share a special bond with their moms. They typically open their eyes after 28 to 40 days and begin walking after five weeks. 

For around 30 weeks, the kids are dependent on their mother's milk. 

The young ones squeal, bawl or scream and make motor-like humming to get attention and mostly can be seen playing around their mothers. 

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She kicks the predators away

A one-month-old giraffe can be seen with her mother in the picture. 

The upbringing of a giraffe is quite amusing as mothers with calves gather in nursery herds and sometimes the mothers in such a group leave their calves with one female and they forage and drink elsewhere. 

Their father plays almost no role in raising them. 

Mothers also save their babies from predators by kicking them away. They even alert their baby if they detect a threat. 

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Mom's watching over me...

A baby Borneo orangutan named Java and the mother Theodora look on at the Menagerie, at the Jardin des Plantes zoo in Paris.

Orangutans' birth rate has been decreasing largely due to a lack of sufficient nutrients as a result of habitat loss. 

They are mostly raised in man-made centres and their offspring are weaned for about four years. 

The mother orangutans always keep their babies within their sight. 

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Bathing with mum

Polar bear cub Hertha dries off next to her mother Tonja in their enclosure after Hertha was given her name at the Tierpark zoo. 

The cubs are born blind and their moms keep them near for their safety. She maintains her fast while nursing her cubs with fat-rich milk. 

Cubs, in an early age, playfully imitate the mother's hunting methods in preparation for later life. 

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Rolling and wrestling!

Panda is a bear, very cute and adorable and can be easily recognised by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. 

The newborns are pink, blind, and toothless and infants are even more lovable. 

After their birth, they nurse from their mother's breast six to 14 times a day and once they are around six-months-old, they start feeding small amounts of bamboo. 

The babies star crawling when they are 75 to 80 days old and they start playing with their moms by rolling and wrestling with them. 

In the picture, a female one-year-old panda cub can be seen hugging her mother Liang Liang during her first birthday party at Malaysia's national zoo in Kuala Lumpur on January 14, 2019. 

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Day out with mum

Two white lion cubs stand next to their mother in their enclosure during their first outing at the zoo in Hodonin. 

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