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No matter your age, where you live or what you do for a living, one thing’s for certain: Moms are the best.
Not only did your mom sustain herself with your half-eaten chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese for the first ten years of your life, but she forewent showers to cuddle with you during infancy; she encouraged and truly believed in every endeavor you’ve ever undertaken; and she’s loved you unconditionally—even during your awkward, greasy, pimply pubescent years when, presumably, no one else would.
And just like human moms, animal moms are the bomb, too. Aside from that whole predatory, top-or bottom-of-the-food-chain thing, they love and care for their babies profoundly, just like human mamas. And, even though your mom changed countless diapers and taught you to shave your legs, animal moms probably deal with a lot more poop and fur, which is a truly admirable feat.
So, in celebration of moms everywhere—both human and animal—here are 10 baby animals that absolutely love and admire their mamas.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Moms Put You First
Think hard: Throughout your life, approximately how many meals have you ruined for your mom? Probably around 8,000. Whether your mom ran out of time to eat because she was busy feeding you or you acted up in a restaurant, she always put your needs first. And probably got stuck eating cold leftovers or, even worse, a sad banana, like this Barbary macaque mom.
Why not make it up to mom with a delicious, homemade meal? She deserves it.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Moms Bring You Joy
Your mom can bring so much happiness into your life in so many ways. Not only does she give you complete love, adoration and support, but she also provides the unique joy that comes from listening to her scream at your sibling while you silently sit there like, “*shrug* wasn’t me.”Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Moms Protect You
Did the neighborhood bully ever pick on you and make you run home, crying, to your mom? Your mom probably dropped whatever she was doing, marched down to the cul-de-sac, confronted the bully and sent an icy chill down her spine by giving her this look.
And you just stood there like, “I see pride. I see power. I see a badass mother who don’t take no junk off nobody!” because Cool Runnings had just been released and you were obsessed.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Moms Lug You Around
Most babies start walking when they’re nine to 17 months old. Admittedly, it is a good workout for the glutes and arms—but your mom carried you everywhere for a solid year. Not to mention, her entire pregnancy, during toddler-aged tantrums, when you fell off the jungle gym and that time your high school boyfriend dumped you and she lifted you up emotionally.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Moms Celebrate You
You learn the most important things in life from your mom: empathy, communication skills, long division, the right way to shave your legs, how to fill out a W-9. And after any success, no matter how big or small, your mom was (and always will be!) there with a high-five.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Moms Talk With You
You may not experience it until adulthood, but there’s truly nothing more special than talking smack with your mom about your entire extended family during the holidays. Especially if the smack talking session is fueled by mulled wine and Christmas cookies.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Moms Actually Want to Kiss You
If online dating has taught us anything, it’s that it can be very hard to find someone who actually wants to smooch you—and who you want to smooch back. Fact: your mother has literally never not wanted to smooch your cheek. Appreciate it!Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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If you have siblings, your mom has mediated so many ridiculous fights over Hot Wheels and who ate the last yogurt, she could (and should) preside over court proceedings. Or, even better, she could become a reality TV judge a la Judy.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Moms Sacrifice Their Space
How many years did your mom spend teetering on the edge of your parents’ bed, so you could wedge yourself in the middle after a bad dream? Beginning in the toddler years, ranging all the way to the night you saw The Exorcist in seventh grade?
Yeah, give her a really nice Mother’s Day gift to try to make up for all those years of lost sleep.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Moms Love You
Despite keeping her awake all night, getting lousy grades, fighting with your siblings, entering puberty (and having raging hormones), being a total jerk for no apparent reason and not even saving her the good bite of your leftover chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, your mom is going to love you forever.