50 of the Cutest Pet Parenting Moments (New Pics)

Toss on our latest collection of funny parenting tweets and you’ll know that moms and dads never get tired. Or, who knows, maybe you even have a little bundle of joy to remind you of that every day.

However, we humans aren’t the only ones who have to raise our young. Far from there. And there’s a new Twitter feed that beautifully illustrates this universal experience.

It all started when Shawna B shared a photo of a fluffy little family. “One of my favorite very specific genres of imagery are cats that seem completely unprepared for the realities of parenthood,” she said. tweeted.

It quickly went viral, receiving over 350,000 likes and 50,000 retweets, and many people started responding to it with equally cute photos of pet parents. Keep scrolling to check them out!

The amount of time animals spend with their parents varies greatly. It’s not very common, but there are a few species that stay with mom for a long time, even their whole life.

The orangutan, for example, tends to do everything slowly, including leaving the house. According to Helen Morrough-Bernard, a primatologist at the University of Exeter in the UK, great apes only give birth once every 7 to 8 years, and the young sometimes breastfeed until they are six years old. , around the time a new baby arrives.

Most orangutan mothers let older offspring stay together for up to three years after the baby is born, but some hunt juveniles after six months.

When the newcomer arrives, the older brother “will go exploring on his own and can stay out overnight,” Morrough-Bernard told National Geographic.

“I like to think of it as a teenager going off to college and coming back on vacation. They’re not really independent but trying their independence.”

The world of African elephants is another interesting case, as it revolves around women. The oldest and largest female is usually the leader, and females stay with their natal herd for life.

Males leave their family group between the ages of 9 and 18, and since a wild elephant’s lifespan is around 56 years, this could mean that up to a third of its life is spent at home.

As in elephant society, lions “are the stable social structure of the pride, and it’s the males that come and go, taking control of the prides,” Ed Spevak, curator of invertebrates at the St. also studied African animals, explained.

Male lions always scatter for other groups in this fission-fusion society, and about a third of females will go to other groups.

While the animal kingdom is full of wonderful moms who nurture their offspring, often putting their children above themselves, some take a very different approach.

Most lizards, for example, “lay their eggs, cover them, immediately forget they did, and move on,” said Nassima Bouzid, a PhD student. candidate at the University of Washington, said.

Because they have a cesspool, an opening for their reproductive, digestive, and urinary systems, lizards might even think of eggs as “an uncomfortable, weird poo” and never think about it again.

Bouzid said the lack of parental care in most lizards could just be part of a strategy to have as many offspring as possible in the hope that at least some will survive.

But one species of lizard goes even further: not only do their young never see the parents, but they never see any adults of their own kind.

At least one population of the Labord’s chameleon in the dry forests of southwestern Madagascar “will lay all its eggs before winter. The eggs will then hatch just before the summer rains,” Bouzid said.

The eggs take eight to nine months to develop and by that time the adults will have aged and died.

Interestingly, many insects actually receive parental care. But not moths and butterflies. They lay their eggs on host plants and leave their offspring to whatever the world throws at them.

“Some lay their eggs near ant nests and the ants take care of the caterpillars. It’s like miniature Moses,” said Katy Prudic, an entomologist at the University of Arizona.

They can be really tricky. Let’s also look at the caterpillar of the large blue butterfly.

It secretes a sweet substance that is attractive to a particular species of red ant and smells like an ant larva so that the ant takes it back to its nest with its own brood, which the caterpillar then eats.

Some young have a natural defense to protect themselves from predators via toxic chemicals from their host plant, and others have perfect camouflage.

The common moss of eastern North America, for example, can disguise itself perfectly as a twig. And if he falls off his bottom branch, he can use his silk to attach a “zip line” and climb back up.

They may not have someone to hug them like the boys and girls in these photos, but at least they received an evolutionary “legacy” from their parents to survive!

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