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Celebrating (Even More!) Amazing Animal Moms

Published May 06, 2014

In celebration of Mother's Day on May 11, we'd like to continue last year's tradition and introduce you to some more amazing animal moms! 

Scarlet Ibis

After establishing mating pairs, scarlet ibises work together to build a nest in the mangrove canopies, where the female will sit patiently on her eggs for approximately 20 days.

scarlet ibis

Once her eggs have hatched, the female and her male counterpart will work together to co-parent their young. For the most part, scarlet ibises live in social colonies of thirty or more. In these groups, protection of young and search for food become communal responsibilities!

Harp Seals

Female harp seals gather in groups to give birth to their young.

harp seal

Image via Wiki Commons.

After birth, mother harp seals typically spend 12 days nursing their babies. During that time, the mom doesn't eat, losing up to 5-10 pounds per day!

Manatees

Manatee moms are also extremely dedicated to their young.

manatees

The pair spend the first two years of the calf's life close together, during which time the mother can nurse, protect and guide her baby.

How are you celebrating Mother's Day? Tell us in the comments section! 

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