Capybara mother nuzzles her baby

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Understanding mom

A capybara and her baby nuzzle inside their enclosure at the Hanover Zoo in Germany.

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Dog serves as foster mother to red panda cubs

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Foster mom

A dog nurses two red panda cubs after they were abandoned by their mother upon their birth at a zoo in Taiyuan, China.

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Mother and baby hippo take a journey underwater

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Good-example mom

A baby hippopotamus swims alongside her mother on the first day of her presentation to the public at the Berlin Zoo in Germany.

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Polar bear mother and her baby

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Cautious mom

Polar bear Corinna stands on her hind legs as her 4-month-old cub Wilbaer perches on a rock at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Orangutan mother and baby

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Eyes-in-the-back-of-her-head mom

A baby Bornean orangutan hangs on to the back of his mother Mari at the Singapore Zoo. The unnamed baby is the 40th orangutan birth to date at the zoo, which has the largest social colony of endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.

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Mother swan and her fluffy chick

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Teaching mom

A motherly swan watches over her cygnets as they take a dip in the water at Abbotsbury Swannery in Abbotsbury, England. There are currently about 900 swans and 150 nests at the swannery, which is the world's only managed colony of wild mute swans.

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Mother lion washes one of her cubs

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Cleaning mom

An Asian lion mother Shirwane gives a bath to one of her cubs — born a month earlier — at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden of Budapest in Hungary.

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Baby pygmy hippo chomps on fresh vegetables with mother

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Healthy habits mom

A newborn pygmy hippopotamus chomps on fresh lettuce and carrots with its mother while exploring their enclosure at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Baby harp seal nuzzles its mother

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Mom bond

A pup harp seal and mother keep close on the ice floes off the coast of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec a few weeks before the annual seal hunt.

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