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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Brazilian Tapir mother and baby Brazilian Tapir mother and baby (Photo: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)

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Bazilian tapir

This South American mammal is quite the trooper. With a gestation period of over a year and several intimidating predators to deal with, the Brazilian tapir has her motherly duties cut out for her.

Brazilian tapirs have one calf every couple of years or so, and the two will spend the most time together for the first six months of the little one's life. This is the strongest social bond a tapir will ever have – they are quite solitary.

For the tapir mom, a nice pool float or snorkling mask would be ideal. Tapirs love to cool off in the water!

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