It Could Be Worse

April 29, 2016

A mom's job isn't easy. But this Mother's Day, you might want to remind yours that, no matter how much trouble you caused as a kid, it could have been worse. If you need help proving it, look no further than the animal kingdom.

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1. Most worthy of a spa day

For us, raising kids can be a messy, exhausting affair. For Caribbean flamingos, though, it can mean foregoing their trademark pink. When they are feeding their babies, these moms can turn temporarily pale and washed out. Want to know more about the lives of birds? Join us for Bird Migration month, this May at the zoo.


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2. Baby on board

Nine months is a long time to carry a baby, but compared to some animals it's child's play. Consider giraffes, who are just hitting their stride at nine months. All told, they're pregnant 13 to 15.


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3. Picky Eaters

As children, we're pretty reliant on our parents to feed us. While humans may sometimes complain about broccoli, moms in the animal kingdom are even more committed to their offspring's nutrition. In fact, some spider moms feed themselves to their young.


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4. Sibling rivalry

Did your mom have to break up some sibling fights? Certain frog moms carry each baby individually to its own tree to keep the youngsters from killing each other.


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5. The ultimate helicopter parent

Alligator moms don't take any chances with their offspring. They carry their babies in their mouths—the ultimate form of protection.

Treat mom to a day at the zoo this Mother's Day. She's earned it.

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