Animals are very similar to us in many ways and one of the most prominent similarity is their ability to feel – and motherly love is no exception.
Parents have strong bonds and love for their offsprings and this is no different for other species. The instinct to protect and care for one’s child is natural and most species in the world experience this bond.
Animals share a maternal bond that’s similar to humans as described in the following context.
Like most animals, pigs prepare for their newborn by moving away from the communal group to build a nest. The instinct is to find a nice and safe place to make sure the baby is taken care of and protected from predators.
The mother makes these rhythmic grunts when piglets suckle from their breasts, making it almost seem like singing!
Fish also build nests for their babies and the instinct to care for and protect their young from dangers is very similar to pigs. They tend to have a hiding place or burrows to protect their hatchlings. The parents will go to great lengths to locate food sources, sacrificing nourishment for themselves in order to make sure their child is well fed.
Fishes are also known to pass on the cultural information onto the next generations, just as human civilization.
Cows have maternal bonds and emotions very similar to that of humans and other species described above. When the baby cow is born, the exhausted mother will not rest until the baby has suckled and is well-fed. The mother will softy talk to the calf in the form of quiet grunts helping the baby recognize the mother’s voice which is very similar to how human parents bond with their newborns.
The mama cow will spend hours licking the baby calf to vitalize breathing, circulation and also helping the baby to excrete and stay warm.
Similar to how cows bond with their newborns, goats form a very quick connection with their babies as soon as their born by giving them a good clean by licking them all over. This helps the baby dry up as quickly as possible also protecting them from hypothermia should they be exposed to any elements. The mother goat has the ability to easily recognize their child even if they look very similar in color and age. She learns to identify the child by their scent and their bleats soon after birth.
The mother has a very important role in bringing up and supporting the child so they are able to keep up with the herd. She will also hide her kid when the herd has settled, to protect them from predators.
Sheep are great adoptive parents. The mother will gladly accept a lost baby and if her own is lost, she will happily adopt a new-born.
Sheep mother and the baby tend to stay very close together at all times communicating with each other in a variety of calls and cues and forming deep bonds. Shall the two are separated, it causes them great torment and suffering until they’re finally reunited.
Hens are unique in a way that they are able to communicate with their chicks even before they’re hatched. When away from the eggs and if the mother notices any signals of distress, she will quickly move over to the nest making vocal noises, the chicks will thereby emit pleasure calls within the egg.
A study reveals that chickens learn from past experience, teaching them to their offsprings and showing them what foods are suitable to eat. In the study, the chickens were presented with colored foods both edible and inedible. It was found that they were sharp enough to learn and pick the color that was edible. In order to teach their babies, they would pick up the eatable foods over and over again to show the sense of what foods should be eaten. This was followed by some scratching and making sounds.
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