To mark the occasion, those star-spotting gossip hounds over in our Communications department have put together a little list of animal moms in action. Enjoy!
Like Rosie O’Donnell, who will have more time to spend with her own cubs after she leaves The View, female grizzlies often form partnerships—they travel together, defend each other, and raise children together as a single family unit.
Most Protective Mom: White-Tailed Deer
As obsessed about hiding their fawns from predators as TomKat is about hiding baby Suri from the paparazzi, these dedicated does make their babies lie flat on the ground so that they are camouflaged against the forest floor.
Taking a page from Susan Sarandon’s book on how to raise a brood, baboons have been known to conduct “sit-ins,” block traffic, and throw rocks at cars after their youngsters were struck and killed by vehicles.
Best Mr. Mom: Emperor Penguins
Taking a cue from Will Smith’s Oscar-nominated performance as a struggling single dad, the males guard and incubate the eggs when the females take off for the winter. Unable to go out and feed or “pursue happyness,” they fast for four months until the chicks hatch.
Best Adoptive Mom: Chimpanzees
If chimpanzees lose their parents, their aunts, older sisters, or other members of their families or tribes will step up to adopt them faster than you can say “Brangelina.”