47 Animals Who Take This Whole Parenting Thing Very Seriously

If you needed any more proof as to what amazing parents we have in the animal kingdom, look no further than these loving moms and dads.

This papa bear giving lessons in ferocity
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This bird reminding her chicks to wear a mom when they go out
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This fox who has found a much better way to “hold hands”
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This monkey reminding her child that bugs are for eating, not playing with

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This bird who (literally) took these two under her wing
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This mama bear and part-time swim coach
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This giraffe who knows that growing WAY up takes time
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This koala who knows the power of a good hug
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This cat who put her little one down for a nap and then decided she needed one too…
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This golden retriever who doesn’t even mind that her back paw is asleep
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This otter who loves being a flotation device
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These lions letting the little one take the lead
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This hippo who dreads the day her baby finally grows bigger than her head
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This swan chauffeuring his kiddos to school
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These prairie dogs who are OMG SO EMBARRASSING
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This lioness who is serious when she says it’s bedtime
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This hippo who knows that baby steps apply to swimming, too
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This possum whose kids had better behave back there or so help me—
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This elephant who knows that trunk kisses heal scraped knees
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This rodent who knows the value of a balanced diet
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These penguins who know it takes a village to raise a chick
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This leopard who knows that all her patience will pay off one day
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This pangolin who knows how to get the baby to settle down
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This tiger who just wanted to get that smudge you had on your face
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This mare who’s had enough of all this horsing around
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This dog who likes to keep order in this house
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This rhino who’s a big softy under her tough exterior
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This alpaca giving a good morning nuzzle
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This wallaby with a very unique family
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This hippo teaching a lesson in stranger danger
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This elephant who still doesn’t trust her calf to cross the street alone
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This snail who wants his kiddo to grow up nice and slow
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This beluga who loves showing off her pride and joy
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This bear offering his cub a new perspective
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This bird who doesn’t mind playing piggyback
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This squirrel who is already amazed by the wonders of new life
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This cat who is showing her kid where the humans hide the good stuff
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This bird who insists on only feeding her young ones truly organic worms
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This wolf who knows that howling lessons are essential.
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This calico who wonders if you’re right, and he and his son really look that much alike…
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This lion dad who plans on giving his son absolutely everything he needs to be king
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These hedgehogs who are quickly learning that naps > everything else
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This dog dad giving stair-climbing lessons
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This polar bear who knows the balance between tough love…
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…and soft love.
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This cat emphasizing the importance of spying on the birds next door
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