1 of 10 Firm grip: A white lioness named Sofia holds one of its three one-month-old cubs in its enclosure at the Buenos Aires zoo. REUTERS Firm grip: A white lioness named Sofia holds one of its three one-month-old cubs in its enclosure at the Buenos Aires zoo. REUTERS Protective love: White rhino stands over her baby in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park in South Africa Reuters Standing tall: A baby Rothschild giraffe in the shadow of her mother, Kleopatra, in Prague Zoo. Giraffes have the longest tail of any land mammal, no tear ducts and spend between 16 and 20 hours a day feeding. Reuters Hundreds of African elephant calves have been orphaned by poachers in Cameroon Reuters Monkey business: A male pygmy marmoset and its two-month-old baby peer out from their cage at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. This dwarfish breed inhabits western Brazil near the Amazon. Reuters Endangered Amur tigers Reuters Sealed with a kiss: California sea lion Doro nuzzles her two-month-old baby Gina in their enclosure during their official presentation at Berlin Zoo. Reuters Staying afloat: A hippopotamus calf swims to her mother Kathi in the zoo in Berlin. A young hippo begins to eat grass at three weeks, but its mother continues to suckle it for about a year. Newborns often climb on their mothers' backs to rest. Reuters Bear hug: Giant panda Yang Yang grips her five-month-old cub Fu Hu (meaning lucky tiger) in their enclosure at Vienna zoo. There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild, with about 100 of them living in zoos, according to National Geographic magazine. Reuters Snooze time: A male giant anteater pup clings to his mother at Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna. Found in the wild in Central and South America, the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) feeds mainly on ants and termites and can eat up to 30,000 insects a day. Reuters
There's nothing sweeter than seeing the affection a baby has for its mother. And there's no love like the love a mother has for its child. The similarities are the same in the animal kingdom.
From a mother rhino protecting its offspring to the comfort a young anteater finds in sleeping on the back of its parent, here is a collection of some of the world's most heart-warming photos of mother and baby animals.