Best Mum – The orangutan
Orangutans are devoted mums and carry their babies continuously for a year, with many juveniles spending a further year (or two) riding on their mother’s back. Every night, mum makes a fresh nest from sticks and leaves for them to sleep in.Share
Best family – The Elephant
Elephants live in a very strong matriarchal society. When a new baby elephant is born, the other “ladies” in the herd all lend a hand, including grandmothers, sisters, aunts and even cousins. These full-
Worst dad – The Japanese cardinalfish
Male Japanese cardinalfish keep their young safely in their mouth until they are mature enough to be released into the ocean. So far, so good. The trouble starts when he spots a good-
Worst mum – The Egret
Egret mum breeds three chicks knowing she is going to lose one. She is only capable of raising two chicks but has three as an insurance policy. When she is sure the first two born are healthy and will survive -
Best dad – The Emperor penguin
For two months, the male Emperor penguin protects a single egg, allowing it to incubate under his body in the face of the harsh Antarctic winter. Males bulk up for his job and weigh around 40 kilos when they start their epic egg-
Biggest maternal sacrifice – The Octopus
The females giant Pacific octupus (not pictured) makes the ultimate sacrifice for her young. After finding a safe place, she lays tens of thousands of eggs and for the next seven months (or more) she protects them from predators and blows currents of water over them to provide oxygen. But such protective behaviour prevents her from hunting for herself -
Worst stepdad – The Lion
Male lions are ruthless when they join a pride that is unprotected by other males. They immediately kill all the cubs in that pride. The tactic ensures that the females get back into season eight months sooner than if she’d carried on nursing her cubs -
Best creche – The giraffe
After giving birth a giraffe will closely guard her baby for the first few weeks. She will then join a herd where all the young are cared for in a creche! Each female takes it in turns to do the babysitting while the other females dine out on acacia leaves.
Worst stepmum – The Sparrow
Beware sparrow second wives. Because a bigamous male will tend to care only for the chicks he had with his first partner, the second wife takes drastic action. She kills her lover rival’s children.
Why aren’t bats birds?
Answer : In case you haven’t guessed, bats are not birds because they don’t have feathers.