Culture Holidays 8 Baby Animals Salute Moms for Mother's Day By Catie Leary Writer and Photographer Georgia State University Catie Leary writes and curates visual stories about science, animals, the arts, travel, and the natural world. our editorial process Catie Leary Updated May 07, 2020 A capybara mother and its baby touch snouts. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Understanding mom Nigel Treblina/AFP/Getty Images A capybara and her baby nuzzle inside their enclosure at the Hanover Zoo in Germany. Foster mom AFP/Getty Images A dog nurses two red panda cubs after they were abandoned by their mother upon their birth at a zoo in Taiyuan, China. Good-example mom Sean Gallup/Getty Images A baby hippopotamus swims alongside her mother on the first day of her presentation to the public at the Berlin Zoo in Germany. Cautious mom Michael Latz/AFP/Getty Images Polar bear Corinna stands on her hind legs as her 4-month-old cub Wilbaer perches on a rock at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany. Eyes-in-the-back-of-her-head mom Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images A baby Bornean orangutan hangs on to the back of his mother Mari at the Singapore Zoo. The unnamed baby is the 40th orangutan birth to date at the zoo, which has the largest social colony of endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans. Teaching moment mom Matt Cardy/Getty Images A motherly swan watches over her cygnets as they take a dip in the water at Abbotsbury Swannery in Abbotsbury, England. There are currently about 900 swans and 150 nests at the swannery, which is the world's only managed colony of wild mute swans. Cleaning mom Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images An Asian lion mother Shirwane gives a bath to one of her cubs — born a month earlier — at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden of Budapest in Hungary. Mom bond David Boily/AFP/Getty Images A pup harp seal and mother keep close on the ice floes off the coast of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec a few weeks before the annual seal hunt.