The power of unconditional love in the animal kingdom is possibly one of the most heartwarming things in the world. Animals will give their lives to save their young and do not expect anything in return for their brave actions.
These powerful images also demonstrate how we can live in harmony with animals and that we show them the same love that they show us.
21. Flamingo mother feeding her chick
Both flamingo parents regurgitate food which is fed to the baby, and both mother and father secrete a milk-like substance that provides their young with proper nourishment.
22. Little pig family
Despite their bad reputation for being messy, pigs are in fact very clean animals. If given sufficient space, they will be careful not to soil the area where they sleep or eat.
23. Baby gorilla sleeping in its mother´s arms
Mother gorillas will continue to carry their offspring for about 2.5 years even though they are able to walk when they are just 8 months old.
24. Dolphin baby leaning to its mom
Dolphins are very intelligent sea mammals with several highly developed forms of communication. They are altruistic animals, known to help injured individuals and even drowning people.
25. Bear climbing lesson
Brown bear mothers can give birth while they are hibernating. Baby bears are born hairless, toothless and blind.
26. Baby chameleon holding his dad´s horns
Chameleons have the most unique types of eyes which operate independently from each other. They are able to see things even in ultraviolet light.
27. Fur seal pup with its mom
Seals spend lots of time in the water, but they breed, give birth to live young and nurse their young on shore.
28. Baby koala on its mother´s back
Baby koalas (also called “Joeys”) live in their mother’s pouch for around six months and remain with them for another six months afterwards.
29. Penguin chick with parents
Penguins are highly social, colonial birds that form breeding colonies that can have tens of thousands members.
30. Golden retriever mom with her puppies
Golden retrievers need a lot of attention otherwise they will actually get sad and lonely. They are very social dogs and need interaction with people and other dogs.
31. Baby alligator sitting on its mother´s head
Alligator eggs become male or female depending on the temperature of the environment. They become male in warmer temperatures and female in cooler temperatures.
32. Red squirrel female with her baby
Squirrels moult their coat twice a year, once after winter and then in late summer before the weather gets colder again.
33. Polar bear cub climbing up its mother
In spite of their irresistibly cute look, polar bears are the largest carnivores on land. Males can weigh up to 1500 pounds.
34. Opossum babies on their mom´s back
The babies of opossum are as small as honeybees and develop in their mother’s pouch.
35. Female tiger with her cub
Tiger cubs leave their mother when they are around 2 years of age.
36. Baby rhino with its mom
Rhino pregnancy lasts 15 – 16 months, which is the second longest gestation period after the elephants that carry their fetuses for almost 2 years.
37. Female swan with her cygnet
Adult swans can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour. But they always have time to carry their young ones around.
38. Baby elephant holding its mom´s tail
Like human toddlers, great apes, magpies and dolphins, elephants have also passed the mirror test – meaning they recognize themselves in a mirror.
39. Baby hippo snuggled up
Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human. It may be hard to believe but they are one of the deadliest animals in Africa.
40. Duck swimming lesson
A hen can lead her ducklings up to a half mile over land after hatching to find a suitable water source for swimming and feeding.
41. Giraffe´s family
Female giraffes give birth while standing up. The calves drop to the ground from about 6 feet height, but it does not hurt them.
42. Panda cub with its parent
Adult panda males can weigh up to 330 pounds but at birth, the cubs are just about 5 ounces.
43. Mare and her sweet foal
Although new born foals may look cutely awkward, they can walk and even run shortly after the birth.
44. Orangutan mum with her baby
Despite the lovely look, orangutans are very strong animals. Their strength is believed to be 7 times greater than ours.
45. Female cheetah with her cub
Cheetahs, the fastest land mammals, are thought to have some of the strongest maternal instincts in the animal kingdom.