Animal Mothers Remind Us a Lot of Our Own

For animals great and small, it's often up to mom to teach them how to survive and use their instincts wisely, author says.

Animal moms are legendary, from the humpback whale's unfailing devotion to her calf to the tiny poison dart frog who goes to great lengths to raise her helpless tadpoles. 

As the editor in chief of National Geographic Kids magazine, Rachel Buchholz has accumulated a treasure trove of motherly tales, and she's assembled the best for her new book Amazing Moms: Love and Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

The book combines photographs of moms and babies nuzzling, playing, or in simple contemplation, with words of wisdom from sources as diverse as poets, proverbs, and presidents. (See National Geographic's pictures of animal mothers and babies.)

With Mother's Day coming up this weekend for many of us, National Geographic talked to Buchholz about her fascination with animal mothers—and how moms exist in many forms. 

I began thinking how amazing it is that mammal or reptile moms do the same things that human moms do. When you’re a

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