121 Adorable And Funny Animal Parenting Pics That Will Probably Make You Say “Aww” (New Pics)

Fire up our latest collection of funny parenting tweets and you’ll know that moms and dads never get tired. Or, who knows, maybe you even have a little bundle of joy to remind you of that every single day.

Either way, we humans aren’t the only ones who have to nurture our young. Far from it. And there’s a fresh Twitter thread that beautifully illustrates this universal experience.

It all started when Shawna B shared a picture of a fluffy little family. “One of my favorite very specific image genres is cats that look completely unprepared for the realities of parenthood,” she tweeted.

It quickly went viral, receiving over 350K likes and 50K retweets, and many people started responding to it with equally cute photos of animal parents. Continue scrolling to check them out!

#1 Dad Passed Out After A Long Day With The Kids

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#2 Cosy Cat’s Family

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The amount of time animals spend with their parents vary tremendously. It’s not very common, but there are a few species who stick around mom for a long time—or even their whole lives.

The orangutan, for example, tends to do everything slowly, including leaving home. According to Helen Morrough-Bernard, a primatologist at the U.K.’s University of Exeter, the great apes give birth only once every 7 to 8 years, and the youngster will sometimes nurse until six years old—about the time a new baby comes along.

#3 Imitation Expert

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#4 The Joys Of Motherhood

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Most orangutan moms let the older offspring stay together for up to three years after the infant is born, but some chase the juveniles off after six months.

When the new arrival comes, the older sibling will “go off exploring on their own and may stay out overnight,” Morrough-Bernard told National Geographic.

“I like to think of this as like a teenager going off to university and coming back in the holidays. They are not truly independent but are trying out their independence.”

#5 Momma’s Tail

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#6 Mommy’s Asleep, Time To Party

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#7 Kids

The African elephant world is another interesting case, as it revolves around women. The oldest, largest female is typically the leader, and females stay with their natal herd their whole lives.

Males leave their family group between age 9 and 18, and since a wild elephant’s lifespan is about 56, that could mean up to a third of his life is spent at home.

#8 Wake Up

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#9 Baby Sheep Sleeping On Its Mother

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#10 A Stray Cat Decided To Bring Its Kitten Into My House Today. The Kitten Was Extremely Aggressive But The Mom Was Surprisingly Chill

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Like in elephant society, female lions “are the stable social structure of the pride, and it’s the males that come and go, taking over prides,” Ed Spevak, curator of invertebrates at the St. Louis Zoo who has also studied African animals, explained.

Male lions always disperse for other groups in this fission-fusion society, and about one-third of females will go off to other prides.

#11 Mama Cat Is The Best Cat Bed Ever

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#12 Fatherhood

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#13 When You Find Out You’re Pregnant

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#14 Send Help

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While the animal kingdom is full of wonderful moms who care for their offspring, often putting their children above themselves, some take a very different approach.

Most lizards, for instance, “deposit their eggs, cover them, immediately forget they did that and move along,” Nassima Bouzid, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, said.

#15 The Joy Of Motherhood

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#16 Pretending To Be His Mother

#17 Mom And Baby. Pure Happiness

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#18 Being A Mother, No Matter How Tired You Are, Kids Are Always Important To You

Because they have a cloaca, an opening for their reproductive, digestive, and urinary systems, lizards might even think the eggs are “an uncomfortable and weird poop,” and never think about it again.

Bouzid said the lack of parental care in most lizards may simply be part of a strategy to have as many offspring as possible in hopes that at least some will survive.

#19 Caught This At My Parents’ House. Just Cruizin’ With Mama

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#20 Have Kids They Said

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#21 Send Help

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#22 The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far From The Tree

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But one lizard species goes even further—not only do their young never see the parents, they never see any adults of their species at all.

At least one population of The Labord’s chameleon of southwest Madagascar’s dry forests “will lay all of their eggs before winter. The eggs will then hatch just before the summer rains,” Bouzid said.

The eggs spend eight to nine months developing and in the meantime, the adults will have aged and died.

#23 The Look On The Mamma Cat

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#24 Daddy’s Life Routine

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#25 Sleep

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Interestingly, many insects actually receive parental care. But not moths and butterflies. They lay their eggs on host plants and leave their offspring to whatever the world throws at them.

“Some lay their eggs near ant nests and the ants take care of the caterpillars. It’s like Moses in miniature,” Katy Prudic, an entomologist at the University of Arizona, said.

#26 Hiding From The Bitey Puppies

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#27 Back To Front – Dad, Mom, Brother, Brother, And Sister. A Family Snuggle

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#28 Oh God, Make It Stop

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#29 Mama Maybel With Her 3-Week-Old Kid, Scout, At Goats Of Anarchy Sanctuary. Maybel Had 4 Kids At The Same Time So She’s A Busy Mama

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They can be really cunning. Let’s also look at the caterpillar of the large blue butterfly.

It secretes a sweet substance attractive to a particular species of red ant and makes itself smell like an ant larvae so the ant takes it back to its nest with its own brood, which the caterpillar then eats.

#30 Motherhood

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#31 The Face Of Parenthood

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#32 “Of All The Places He Could Sleep On, It Just Had To Be My Head”

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#33 Just One Of The Guys

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Some young have a natural defense to protect themselves from predators via toxic chemicals from their host plant—and others have pitch-perfect camouflage.

The common lytrosis of eastern North America, for example, can perfectly disguise itself as a twig. And if it happens to fall off its background branch, it can use its silk to attach a “zip line” and pull back up.

They might not have someone to give them a hug like the boys and girls in these pictures, but at least they got an evolutionary “inheritance” from their parents to survive!

#34 I Love You Mommy

#35 “I’ve Had Puppies And This Is My Life Now?”

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#36 Baby Iguana Hanging Out With Its Mom

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#37 A Very Tired Momma And Her Pups

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#38 “Why Did I Have Kids?”

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#39 Proud Momma

#40 A Mother And Her Kittens

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#41 Big “I Haven’t Slept In Days” Energy

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#42 Six-Week-Old Leopard Cub Jumping On Its Mother In The Okavango Delta In Botswana

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#43 Cuddles On Mom

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#44 Mom And Pup Nap Time

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#45 Let’s Go Dad

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#46 Nine Of Them

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#47 Four Criminals Attack A Helpless Cat

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#48 He’s Such A Patient Daddy

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#49 Petunia Can Relate

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#50 Mama Brown Bear Snuggling With Her Cubs

#51 A Definition Of Parenthood In A Picture

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#52 Mama Needs A Drink

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#53 She Is Exhausted

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#54 The Joys Of Motherhood

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#55 I Guess This Is My Life Now

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#56 Mom And Her Kids

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#57 My Dad’s Dog Just Had 11 Pups

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#58 So My Bulldog Seems To Be Pretty Proud Of His Son

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#59 “Stressed? What Do You Mean? I Am Not Stressed. Do I Look Stressed?”

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#60 The Mother Is The World’s Share Warrior – Who Struggles To Keep The Child On Her Head

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#61 Chewing Mom’s Tail Until She Pays Attention

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#62 This Cat Is A Whole Mood

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#63 My New Foster Momma With Her Babies

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#64 Motherhood Is Hard

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#65 No Milk There, Kid

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#66 Mom Noms

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#67 Two Loved Ones

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#68 Parenthood

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#69 Nursing Puddle

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#70 Overworked Momma

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#71 My Cat’s Reaction To Having Kittens For The First Time

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#72 Momma Clearly Has A Message For Her Little One

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#73 This Tired Look

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#74 First Day Of Motherhood. She’s Exhausted

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#75 Motherhood Can Be A Pain In The Back

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#76 Mom’s Job Is Never Done

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#77 That’s Priceless

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#78 Current Foster Cat

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#79 Motherhood Can Be Tiring

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#80 The Beginning Of Fatherhood

#81 Now They Have To Share This Window

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#82 My Cat Being Overwhelmed By Nursing The Newborn Kittens

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#83 The World’s Biggest Pitbull Cuddles Up To His Adorable New Litter

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#84 Three Weeks Old And I Think The Kittens Nearly Outweigh Mama By Mass

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#85 My GF’s Cat Might Be Regretting Motherhood

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#86 Motherhood Is Driving Her Mad

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#87 Life Decisions Are Flashing Before Her Eyes

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#88 Poor Mama

#89 She’s Done With Motherhood Already

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#90 First Days After Giving Birth vs. One Month After. Mom’s Still Questioning All Her Decisions

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#91 Snickers Is A Proud (Anxious) Mama To 6 Adorable Pups

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#92 Two Weeks Into Motherhood, Mimi Needed A Break

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#93 My Dog’s Face About Sums Up Motherhood

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#94 The Face Of Motherhood

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#95 Pulling On The Tail

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#96 The Look Of Parenthood

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#97 The Luxuries You Give Up In Parenthood

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#98 “Hewp!”

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#99 Good Lord, How Did Those All Fit In There

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#100 Kofu Being A Good Mom

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#101 Guess I Am A Puppy Pillow Now

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#102 I Think My Sister’s Dog Is Regretting Motherhood

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#103 Mama Needs Patience With These Rascals

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#104 Reality Of Parenthood

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#105 My Friend’s Cat Had The Exact Same Expression

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#106 Dirty Babies

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#107 When The Baby Won’t Sit Still You Sit On It. Oh, Is That Not How Parenting Works? My Bad

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#108 Oldie But A Goodie. My Cat Bluebell Completely Overwhelmed By The Duties Of Motherhood

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#109 Parenthood

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#110 5 Weeks Today. This Doesn’t Happen Often, But She Will Tolerate Them For A Bit. She Does Think Twice Before Jumping In, Though. Poor Girl

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#111 Dad Feeding The Young Ones

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#112 Mother And Her Kids

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#113 Mom, We Want To Eat Again

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#114 The Look

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#115 My Husky Enjoying Motherhood

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#116 Father And Son

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#117 She Looks Terrified Of Motherhood In This Photo

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#118 Help Me

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#119 My Friend’s Cat Had Kittens

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#120 She Wasn’t Ready

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#121 Pug Puppies

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