Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mother and Child Relationships in the Animal Kingdom

One of the things I love about watching the animals is how they interact with each other. No matter what species of animal, one thing remains the same, the bond between a mother and child is simply undeniable.  The teaching moments as well as the times of utter frustration that all mom's feel at one time or another are universal. After watching two different animal species interact a few weeks ago, I was reminded that humans are not the only species to share this special bond.

Joanne and Imani
Western Lowland Gorillas

Hold my hand Joanne, let Mom help you ...

Like this Mom? Is this how we eat the leaves?

Oshana with her cubs Ernest, Evelyn, Marion and Miss Ellen
African Lions

Oshana calling to Izu, most likely for reinforcement

Really kids, you want to eat again?

And just like all moms, as much as we love our children, sometimes we just need to walk away and have 5 minutes to ourselves.

The next time you are visiting a zoo pay close attention to how the animals are interacting with one another. Animal behavior is quite fascinating if you ask me.

To visit these featured moms and their babies, you can visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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