A Mother’s Love: 40 Adorable Animal Mom and Baby Photos

May 11th, 2012 Permalink

A mother’s love . . . there is nothing else like it in the world. This post of adorable animal moms and babies, sprinkled with quotes, is in honor of mothers everywhere. Happy Mother’s Day! Maybe you can take a moment to share this with your mom? [40 Photos]

Give your mom a hug, pony wants piggyback ride from mom

Give your mom a hug. “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie,” quote by Tenneva Jordan. Photo #1 by fondosgratis

Meerkat momma snuggles her baby

Meerkat momma snuggles her baby. “Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all,” ~ quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Photo #2 by rofanator


Whether you are an only child or a triplet polar bear cub, there's no one like mom

Whether you are an only child or a triplet polar bear cub, there’s no one like mom. “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible,” ~ quote by Marion C. Garretty. Photo #3 by Goldy Lady

Emperor penguin telling her chick a secret

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them,” ~ quote by Phyllis Diller. ;-) Photo #4 by Martha de Jong-Lantink

Amur tiger cub with its mother

Siberian (Amur) tigers, cub with its mother. “When love is gone, there’s always justice. And when justice is gone, there’s always force. And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi, Mom!” ~ quote by Laurie Anderson. Photo #5 by Dave Pape

Always with mom -- A golden-headed lion tamarin mother with her baby on her back

Always with mom — A golden-headed lion tamarin mother with her baby on her back. “The best medicine in the world is a mother’s kiss,” ~ quote by unknown author. Photo #6 by Tambako the Jaguar

Mother cat holding her kitten because a hug is worth a thousand words

Mother cat holding her kitten because a hug is worth a thousand words. “When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer,” ~ quote by Dona Maddux Cooper. Photo #7 by a_codepoet

Baby lemur hitching a ride with mom

Baby lemur hitching a ride with mom. “God sees us through our Mother’s eyes and rewards us for our virtues,” ~ quote by Ganeshan Venkatarman. Photo #8 by Jill Mitchell

Mother and playful gray seal pup taken from the viewing area for the dune colony at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust UK

Mother and playful gray seal pup taken from the viewing area for the dune colony at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust UK. “Who ran to help me when I fell, Or kissed the place to make it well?…My mother,” ~ quote by Ann Taylor. Photo #9 by Donna Nook

A mother's touch -- pat-a-cake with baby

A mother’s touch — pat-a-cake with baby. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever,” ~ author unknown. Photo #10 by Eric Heupel

Prairie dogs loving on mom

Prairie dogs loving on mom. “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers,” ~ a Jewish proverb. Photo #11 by Desktop Nexus

Mother orangutan cuddling her infant

Mother orangutan cuddling her infant. “Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly,” ~ quote by Sarah Malin. Photo #12 by Desktop Nexus

Mom keeping her babies clean can be a full time job, panther mom and cubs

Moms know that keeping babies clean can be a full time job. “All mothers are working mothers,” ~ quote by unknown author. Photo #13 by Desktop Nexus

Momma bear teaching baby bear about first bath

Momma bear teaching baby bear about a first bath. “Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn’t want your mother to hear at your trial,” ~ quote by Sydney Biddle Barrows. Photo #14 by Desktop Nexus

Sea Otter holding her baby as seen near Target Rock in the Morro Bay harbor, CA

Sea Otter holding her baby as seen near Target Rock in the Morro Bay harbor, CA. “To a child’s ear, ‘mother’ is magic in any language,” ~ Arlene Benedict. Photo #15 by Mike Baird

Mom and baby giraffes -- A Mother's Love

Mom and baby giraffes — A Mother’s Love. “Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world,” ~ quote by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Photo #16 by Duncan McKinnon

Lion Cub with Mother in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Lion Cub with Mother in the Serengeti, Tanzania, as seen during an animal safari. “A mother understands what a child does not say,” ~ a Jewish proverb. Photo #17 by David Dennis

An Eastern Grey Kangaroo joey suckles from inside its mother's pouch as the mother shows her affection. This family was located in Murramarang National Park, Australia

An Eastern Grey Kangaroo joey suckles from inside its mother’s pouch as the mother shows her affection. “If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been,” ~ quote by Robert Brault. Photo #18 by Durova

Mother Pygmy Hippopotamus teaching her baby the basics of hungry, hungry hippo

Mother Pygmy Hippopotamus teaching her baby the basics of hungry, hungry hippo. “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children,” ~ quote by Charles R. Swindoll. Photo #19 by rokyubu

Monkey mother comforting her curious baby

Monkey mother comforting her curious baby. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child,” ~ quote by Sophia Loren. Photo #20 by Yogendra Joshi

Tender moment between elephant seal cow and pup

The photographer noted, “Elephant seal cow and pup recognize each other by sound. The mother and pup bond face to face – even face in face – with the mother making a very lovely sound, the pup sounding much like any new baby. Mothers nurse their pups for about four weeks during which time it grows from about 70 pounds (30 kilograms) to over 300 pounds (135 kilograms).” An unknown author said, “A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.” Photo #21 by Teddy Llovet

Baboon mother carrying her child in Kenya

Baboon mother carrying her child in Kenya. “Mother is the bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries,” ~ quote by unknown author. Photo #22 by Al Peabody

Mother squirrel holding her baby

Mother squirrel holding her baby. “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new,” ~ quote by Rajneesh. Photo #23 by Margrit

Momma and Baby Koala Bears

Momma and Baby Koala Bears. The baby emerged from mother’s pounch to stare back at the crowds staring at them. “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go,” ~ author unknown. Photo #24 by Alan Stoddard

Brutus the North Pole Wolf -- Mother carries errant pup back to den

Brutus the North Pole Wolf — Mother carries errant pup back to den. “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them,” ~ quote by Erma Bombeck. Photo #25 by David Mech / USGS

Mother cheetah licking her cub clean

Mother cheetah licking her cub clean. “A mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever,” ~ author unknown. Photo #26 by Desktop Nexus

American Bison calf was using its mother as a scratching post in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

American Bison calf was using its mother as a scratching post in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park. And, yes even female buffalo have horns. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest,” ~ an Irish proverb. Photo #27 by Dan Dzurisin

Rhino moma and baby snuggling

Rhino moma and baby snuggling. Moms know: “A moment in my tummy… a lifetime in my heart.” Photo #28 by Desktop Nexus

Zebra baby giving mom a kiss

Zebra baby giving mom a kiss. “Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together” ~ quote by Pearl S. Buck. Photo #29 by Market Wallpapers

Swan with little baby swan (cygnet) on her back

Swan with little baby swan (cygnet) on her back, telling her mom that ‘they’ called her an ugly duckling. Mom assured her baby that one day ‘they’ would call her a beautiful swan. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it,” ~ a Chinese Proverb. Photo #30 by L.C. Nøttaasen

I love you Mom

I love you, Mom. “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories,” ~ quote by Honore de Balzac. Photo #31 by Tambako the Jaguar

Three-Way Tussle, red panda boy cubs playing and pouncing on mom

Three-way tussle, red panda boy cubs playing and pouncing on mom. “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it,” ~ Mark Twain quote. Photo #32 by Maia C

Mother and Cub giant pandas at Wolong National Nature Preserve

This mother and cub pair is at Wolong National Nature Preserve, a part of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly,” ~ quote by Ambrose Bierce. Photo #33 by rad studio

Tender moment between mother and cub snow leopards snuggling in their cave

Tender moment between mother and cub snow leopards snuggling in their cave. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness,” ~ quote by Honore’ de Balzac. Photo #34 by Tambako the Jaguar

mother and cub leopards reunited in Africa

Mother and cub leopards reunited in Africa. “Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young.” ~ by unknown. Photo #35 by petecheslock

Mom and baby elephants holding 'hands' or trunks

Mom and baby elephants holding ‘hands’ or trunks. “Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” ~ author unknown. Photo #36 by wix

Monkey mother holding her napping child in Myanmar, Burma

Monkey mother holding her napping child in Myanmar, Burma. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them,” ~ quote by Victor Hugo. Photo #37 by Taro Taylor

Puma and her nursing cub in the Atlantic Rainforest

Puma and her nursing cub in the Atlantic Rainforest. “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night,” ~ quote by Margaret Mead. Photo #38 by Land Rover Our Planet

Eurasian lynx mother cleaning her kitten

Eurasian lynx mother cleaning her kitten. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life,” ~ quote by Abraham Lincoln. Photo #39 by Joachim S. Müller

polar bear snuggle love

Polar bear cubs remain with their mother for about 2 1/2 years. Most of us stay longer than a few years with our moms, but always remember, “To the world you might just be one person, but to one person (your mom) you might just be the world.” Photo #40 by HDWallpapers

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