We are more similar than different
If we really pay attention to the animal kingdom, we will realize the mothers of each species have their own journey through motherhood. As we are aware, animals display a range of human-like emotions and actions. After doing some research, one thing I have noticed about wild animals is how patient and kind they are to their offspring. They are also fiercely protective and completely selfless. These instinctual displays of excellent parenting were so impressive and relatable, I felt I should share them with you!
Upon researching, I have found the bond between the orangutang mothers and their babies to be the most similar to humans and their infants. The babies rely on their mothers for food and transportation for up to seven years of age. This is one of the longest bonds between mother and baby in the animal kingdom.¹ Most animals “kick” their young out of the herd much earlier. The best part about this bond? The offspring will visit their mothers for years after. That lasting bond is incredible and very similar to how humans behave in a mother-child scenario.
Some say it takes a village to raise a baby and elephants certainly believe this! Since elephants exist in a matriarchal setting, they help each other raise their young. The other mothers in the herd teach the young how to nurse from their mothers and protect them from harm. In addition, elephants have been known to raise the offspring of a dearly departed mother. Throughout this difficult time, they sooth the calf during its loss and assist it to become independent. This group effort is what makes their bonds to each other so strong. They are always there for each other.
Sleep deprivation is one of the hardest things about motherhood! Motherly giraffes know all about lack of sleep. They actually exist on only THIRTY MINUTES of sleep daily! After reading this fact, I don’t think I will complain about not getting enough sleep for a while. The reason that they get so little shut-eye? Giraffes are extremely protective of their young. They will stay awake for as long as possible to keep predators at bay. When mom goes to look for food, the other giraffes will guard the young calves. The babies are so attached to their mothers that they will wait for hours in the last spot their mother…