Mom knows best, especially in the animal world. A glimpse of these mothers at work and play with their little ones is proof that the special mother-child bond is a celebration our animal friends share. Cute critters rely on mom to teach them the ways of the world, so in honor of our moms — and theirs — here's a look at some of the cutest animal moms and their babes.
We had to pinch ourselves when we first watched this video; it's that similar to some of the sweetest parent-child moments we've had in our own homes.
The incredible footage, which appears to have been shot at Adventure World in Japan, shows a panda mom wrestling playfully (and tirelessly!) in the grass with her little cub, Yuhin . . . and it's guaranteed to make you smile!
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Ever cheer on a toddler who was learning to take a first step? This adorable Rothschild giraffe will have you rooting out loud once more! Watch the video below, from the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Connecticut, which shows the 30-minute-old giraffe trying to hoist up her gangly frame as her mom, Petal, encourages her with nuzzles and licks.
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Whether it's baby bears tumbling, kittens napping, or our own babies having a giggling fit, there's something about watching adorable little ones that just makes any day better! This compilation of baby animal videos is sure to have you and your kids saying "awww..."
Give yourself a break from thinking about your new year's resolutions and enjoy these pictures of adorable baby animals. You'll be wonderfully distracted with these sweet newborn elephants, monkeys, cubs, and sloths. From our favorite zoos around the world, this collection of newborns will be celebrating their first birthdays in the new year.
Perhaps I wasn't vocal enough about my love for Animal Planet's ode to all things small and fuzzy, Too Cute, so let me be clear: it's the awww-somest hour you can spend with your television. Take this clip, for example, of Reginald the long-haired Persian kitten being introduced to the world of bathing and Pantene-commercial-worthy blow-drying:
And if that's not life-changing enough, I introduce to you Pipsqueak, the baby goat whose random acts of head-butting and spaz-tastic hopping prove to be too much for a litter of Jack Russell pups.
Today might be Hug a Bear Day, but if there's one rule you can count on while camping or hiking, it's that bears don't take kindly to embraces. In fact, if you encounter an adorable grizzly, polar, or kodiak while out on the trail, you should avoid eye contact and walk slowly away so as not to provoke or startle them. And even if you encounter a huggable-looking baby bear, get away while you can because his protective (and much larger) mother is undoubtedly nearby. Bear cubs sure are cute, though, so we thought we'd celebrate this unusual holiday with a roundup of cuddly ursine photos. And if you get the urge to give one a squeeze, please grab the nearest pal or teddy bear instead!
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is not quite over, and Lauren Conrad is doing her part to help the abundance of pooches looking for love all across the country. Stopping by her local shelter last week, the style icon unexpectedly scooped up a friend for her other rescue pal, 4-year-old Chloe. Dubbed Fitz, the teeny pup seems to be getting along splendidly with his new family and living the good life, taking plenty of naps and even helping mom with the laundry.
Of course, there are plenty of adorable adult and senior dogs who need homes, too, so don't pass up a companion with a little gray on his nose. In the meantime, we can still gush over this aww-mazing pup!
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The adorable carrot-top Francois langur monkey born at the San Francisco Zoo just in time for the city's hometown Major League Baseball team's victorious run through the postseason finally has a name! Within minutes after the Giants completed their four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series, the zoo announced the babe's new moniker, inspired by one of the outstanding members of the world champion team. Know what it is?
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She may be only 2.5 weeks old, but the San Francisco Zoo's baby François langur monkey is already causing quite a stir. Born bright orange, François langurs eventually turn black, but this wee October-born one not only seems ready for trick-or-treating and spooky Halloween hijinks, but she has also arrived just in time — and in the perfect team colors — to root on her hometown's Major League Baseball team as they play for the World Series title. Heralded as the orange and black San Francisco Giants' rally monkey, her official name is still out for debate. But according to the zoo's Facebook page, the front-runners are Scutaro (for Giants second baseman and NLDS Most Valuable Player Marco Scutaro) and Posey (for Giants catcher and National League Comeback Player of the Year Buster Posey).
Of course, Detroit's mascot, the tiger, also carries favorable markings for the season, but as some have noted, these noble felines also wear Giants team colors, if you're the superstitious betting type! For more photos and a video of this adorable primate babe, just keep reading.