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It isn't just us humans who protect and care for their young. The animal kingdom is full of examples of doting female parents who treasure their little ones and watch over them as they grow from taking their first early steps to the time they're ready to fly the nest. At a time when we are celebrating Mothers Day, here are some proud looking mothers with their babies.
Giraffe mother Jujis looks after her giraffe baby Thabo in their enclosure at the zoo of Hanover, Germany.
This baby panda looks like a miniature carbon copy of his mother in Sichuan, China.
A baby hippopotamus isn't intimated by the crowds and only wants to play with mum on the first day he's presented to the public at the Berlin Zoo.
"I want to do what you do." These two mini-pig piglets stand close to their mother whilst they munch on lunch at the zoo in Hanover Zoo.
Orangutan baby Changi tenderly kisses his mother Lea at the zoo in Krefeld, Germany.
"Come on mum, keep up!" A Moscovy duck follows her ducklings across the course during final practice for the World Golf Championship in Florida.
A very proud looking Sumatran tiger mother named Jumilah is seen with one of her cubs on display at Taronga Zoo.
A chimpanzee mother cuddles her infant at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Huggies the polar bear licks her two twin cubs whilst they feed.
A baby rhinoceros stands nose to nose with it's mother Anna at the zoo in Magdeburg, Germany.
Ludwig the nine-month-old baby elephant plays peekaboo as he explores his enclosure on at the Tierpark Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich.
Boonda the new baby joey koala clings to his mother Elle's back at Sydney Wildlife World.
A three week-old Colobus monkey, is held in the arms of her mother Clover, in Melbourne.
A baboon monkey hitches a lift off it's mother at the a zoo in Columbia.
It certainly looks warm and cosy in there. A baby kangaroo peeks out from its mother's pouch at Hanover Zoo, Germany.
The pair of grey seals look nice and relaxed as they lie on the sand at Horsey Warren in Norfolk.
Baby Zebu Lea walks next to her mother Franka at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin.
A baby bottle nose dolphin swims close to his mother at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Tokyo.