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To celebrate Mother's Day, we've updated our gallery on animal mothers, showing the many ways in which they care for their young and demonstrating the powerful bond that exists in many species between mothers and their offspring.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) female licking her cub age three months, Botswana.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) female licking her cub age three months, Botswana.
Coastal brown bear (Ursus arctos) and cub, Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska, September.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Coastal brown bear (Ursus arctos) and cub, Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska, September.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) female bending down to calf, Okavango Delta, Botswana  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) female bending down to calf, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Mopambi' sitting with her playful infant 'Sopo' aged 18 months, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republi...  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Mopambi' sitting with her playful infant 'Sopo' aged 18 months, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republi...
Pygmy goat nanny and kid, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Pygmy goat nanny and kid, France.
Irish working sheepdog / Collie, blue eyed Sable bitch with her two 3-day pups  -  Jane Burton
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Jane Burton / Irish working sheepdog / Collie, blue eyed Sable bitch with her two 3-day pups
Tabby and white mother and kitten (age 7 weeks) in garden. France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Tabby and white mother and kitten (age 7 weeks) in garden. France.
Dalmatian licking two young pups between her paws.  -  Jane Burton
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Jane Burton / Dalmatian licking two young pups between her paws.
Ginger Domestic cat {Felis catus} mother grooming kitten, UK  -  Jane Burton
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Jane Burton / Ginger Domestic cat {Felis catus} mother grooming kitten, UK
RF- Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga) mother with new born foal. Masai Mara, Kenya. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga) mother with new born foal. Masai Mara, Kenya. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Broad snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) baby in mothers mouth being carried from the nest, Sante Fe, Argentina, February  -  Mark MacEwen
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Mark MacEwen / Broad snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) baby in mothers mouth being carried from the nest, Sante Fe, Argentina, February
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf. Tonga, South Pacific, September.  -  Doc White
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Doc White / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf. Tonga, South Pacific, September.
Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) female carrying baby, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar. Endangered species.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) female carrying baby, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar. Endangered species.
Gentoo Penguin {Pygoscelis papua} chick begging parent for food, Antarctica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Gentoo Penguin {Pygoscelis papua} chick begging parent for food, Antarctica
Bornean Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Tata' and her unnamed baby aged 2-3 months portrait. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, June 2010. Re...  -  Fiona Rogers
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Fiona Rogers / Bornean Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Tata' and her unnamed baby aged 2-3 months portrait. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, June 2010. Re...
Newly hatched Nile crocodile held in parent's mouth {Crocodylus niloticus} Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Newly hatched Nile crocodile held in parent's mouth {Crocodylus niloticus} Kenya
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Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) twin babies age 45 days resting on mother's chest, one suckling. captive, occurs in Central Africa. Critically endangered.  -  Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) twin babies age 45 days resting on mother's chest, one suckling. captive, occurs in Central Africa. Critically endangered.
Ewe and her lamb lying in meadow in spring, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Ewe and her lamb lying in meadow in spring, France.
West African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta) mother and baby nuzzling each other. Bioparc Zoo de Doue la Fontaine, France. Captive, occurs in south-western Niger. Endangered subspecies.  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / West African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta) mother and baby nuzzling each other. Bioparc Zoo de Doue la Fontaine, France. Captive, occurs in south-western Niger. Endangered subspecies.
Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Yuni' and her baby aged 3-6 months - portrait. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. July 2010. Rehabilit...  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Yuni' and her baby aged 3-6 months - portrait. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. July 2010. Rehabilit...
Tricolour Beagle with puppy.  -  Adriano Bacchella
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Adriano Bacchella / Tricolour Beagle with puppy.
African lioness (Panthera leo) playing with a young cub, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa.  -  Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / African lioness (Panthera leo) playing with a young cub, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) baby sleeping in mother's arms, captive, occurs in Central Africa. Critically endangered.  -  Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) baby sleeping in mother's arms, captive, occurs in Central Africa. Critically endangered.
Miniature shetland pony (Equus caballus) mother and foal in field, UK  -  Mark Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Miniature shetland pony (Equus caballus) mother and foal in field, UK
American Red fox (Vulpes vulpes fulva) baby playing with mother, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, May.  -  George  Sanker
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George Sanker / American Red fox (Vulpes vulpes fulva) baby playing with mother, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, May.
Plains zebra (Equus quagga) grooming foal, Kruger National Park, South Africa, July.  -  Ashish & Shanthi Chandola
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Ashish & Shanthi Chandola / Plains zebra (Equus quagga) grooming foal, Kruger National Park, South Africa, July.
Lioness (Panthera leo) carrying her cub, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Lioness (Panthera leo) carrying her cub, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Impala (Aepyceros melampus) mother grooming her newborn foal in rain. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, East Africa.  -  Mary McDonald
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Mary McDonald / Impala (Aepyceros melampus) mother grooming her newborn foal in rain. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, East Africa.
Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) female carrying two babies. Anjaha Community Conservation Site, near Ambalavao, Madagascar.  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) female carrying two babies. Anjaha Community Conservation Site, near Ambalavao, Madagascar.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T39' carrying cub. Ranthambore National Park, India.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T39' carrying cub. Ranthambore National Park, India.
Verreaux Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) mother carrying baby.  Madagascar  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Verreaux Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) mother carrying baby. Madagascar
polar bear, Ursus maritimus, sow with newborn spring cubs newly emerged from their den, mouth of Canning River along the Arctic coast, eastern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska  -  Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / polar bear, Ursus maritimus, sow with newborn spring cubs newly emerged from their den, mouth of Canning River along the Arctic coast, eastern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.
Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) with chick, South Georgia  (non-ex)  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) with chick, South Georgia (non-ex)
RF- Lion (Panthera leo) mother walking with cub, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / RF- Lion (Panthera leo) mother walking with cub, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Lioness (Panthera leo) and cub aged 9-12 months share affectionate moment, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lioness (Panthera leo) and cub aged 9-12 months share affectionate moment, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
White Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) washing cub, aged 5 days. Olmen zoo, Belgium. Captive, occurs in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / White Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) washing cub, aged 5 days. Olmen zoo, Belgium. Captive, occurs in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Endangered species.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T39' with cubs in water. Ranthambore National Park, India.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T39' with cubs in water. Ranthambore National Park, India.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs, age three months, playing with their mother in golden light, Botswana.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs, age three months, playing with their mother in golden light, Botswana.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cub, age three months, sitting against his resting mother, Botswana.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cub, age three months, sitting against his resting mother, Botswana.
Lynx (Lynx lynx) mother with cub, captive  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Lynx (Lynx lynx) mother with cub, captive
Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Unyuk' cuddling her daughter 'Ursula', age 4 years. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. June 2010. Reha...  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) female 'Unyuk' cuddling her daughter 'Ursula', age 4 years. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. June 2010. Reha...
Spanish / Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina) female with cub, part of a breeding and reintroduction program. Captive: critically endangered. Andalusia, Spain, June 2006.  -  Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Spanish / Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina) female with cub, part of a breeding and reintroduction program. Captive: critically endangered. Andalusia, Spain, June 2006.
Female Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus) sitting, holding two young. One is her own offspring, the other was rejected by its birth mother, and so this female has adopted it. Both young are 3 months old.Capt...  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Female Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus) sitting, holding two young. One is her own offspring, the other was rejected by its birth mother, and so this female has adopted it. Both young are 3 months old.Capt...
Orang utan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) mother with baby climbing on her back, native to Borneo, captive, Endangered  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Orang utan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) mother with baby climbing on her back, native to Borneo, captive, Endangered
Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) infant female 'Safi' aged 2 years with female 'Nasa' aged 23 years. Gombe National Park, Tanzania.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) infant female 'Safi' aged 2 years with female 'Nasa' aged 23 years. Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei) adult playing with an infant. Rwanda, Africa  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei) adult playing with an infant. Rwanda, Africa
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