8 amazing mothers of the animal kingdom

These affectionate animal moms at the Ramat Gan Safari deserve a shout-out this Mother's Day.

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Orangutan cradling baby Orangutan cradling baby (Photo: Manahem Kahana / AFP/Getty Images)

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Orangutan moms, in addition to their daily task of building and re-building nests suited for daytime and nighttime, must keep baby safe up in the trees and make sure there are no predatory tigers afoot. With all the effort she puts in, it's easy to see why the bond between mother and child is the strongest in orangutan societies.

Orangutans are among the most physically affectionate mothers – they've even been recorded blowing raspberries! Like humans, they have a 9-month gestation period. But unlike humans, orangutan infants maintain a firm grasp on mom's belly for four whole months. Then mom does all she can to teach the baby how to socialize, build nests and climb with dexterity among the treetops.

For the orangutan mom, a fruit basket will do quite nicely – they eat fruit almost exclusively.

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