It is said that no love can match the love of a mother for her child. This holds true not just in the human world but also in the animal kingdom. Nature marvels us constantly with her displays of beauty and bravery, sceneries and subtleties, and so much more. Yet, what really strikes at the heart is the pure love and strength of motherhood in the animal world. With women’s day just gone by, the feeling of oneness extends to our friends in the wild outdoors too. Here’s looking at some truly marvellous examples in wildlife that truly exemplify what it means to be a mom.
The regal-looking tiger is a feared beast whose eyes seem to betray no mercy. Yet, this apex predator has a loving and tender side: as a mother. The tigress tends to her cubs while hunting and making sure that they are well-fed and protected. She stays with them quite long until they are fully grown and can fend for themselves. Once, she is sure that her young ones can withstand the pressures of the big wild world on their own, she sets them free to live their own lives.
If the lion is the king of the animal world, the lioness is no less than a queen. This regal animal too holds the fort together and stays the matriarchal head of her family. The lioness rears her cubs on her own, teaches them to survive, and protects them till they can fend for themselves. And, she does all this and more will still be the sole breadwinner for the pack. Lions are not known to hunt; it is the female who gets the kill in and lets the male eat first. In the animal world, a mom too needs to deal with disobedient children. The lioness snarls at her cubs to stay put while she hunts but they often disobey and this forces her to control them firmly albeit gently.
The cheetah is known to be the fastest of all mammals yet few are aware of another quality the female of the species possesses: she is a single mom. Soon after the cubs are born, the male moves away to continue his life nonchalantly. It is the female who protects her new-borns by multitasking in the unforgiving wild in order to keep them safe. She hunts, protects, teaches, and feeds them all alone. When her cubs reach a sub-adult stage, they gradually begin living on their own. Seen here is a mother cheetah teaching her sub-adult cubs how to tackle prey while herself blocking the path so as to prevent it from escaping.
If paper wasps could talk, they would tell you that it is the women who do run the world. In their tiny kingdom, female wasps hold the nest together, keep the larvae safe from predators, and even forage for food. Multitasking is merely a day’s work. The head of the wasp family is undoubtedly the queen who lays the foundation of the nest. Counted among the smallest creatures of the natural world, wasps too go to show the role of the feminine in overall sustenance of life on earth.
Another creature of the insect kingdom to make it on this list, leaf-cutter bees too make for single mums. The female bee painstakingly cuts out pieces of leaves in order to singlehandedly build a nest for her future young ones. And, not just any leaf will do; the mother bee chooses only the choicest, juiciest leaves that will make for a cosy nest. She stocks up her self-made home with the best food she can forage and then prepares to enter a new phase of her life: motherhood.
Green Lynx Spider
The Green lynx spider may be a tiny creature yet it shows size is no matter when it comes to matters of the heart. The female spider takes her duties of motherhood very seriously indeed. She stays with her eggs protecting them all alone until they hatch. Post this, she singlehandedly makes sure the young ones are fed and also wards off any possible predators. All the while the female spider braves the odds for the survival of her family and the continuation of her species. This is no mean feat considering the large number of offspring that a spider can have at a time.
We truly respect these moms of the natural world and admire them in wonder as they protect their young ones while in sync with the cycle of evolution.