If you believed that the maternal instinct was something exclusive to humans, you are not right. Different species show that the animal maternal instinct exists and is the same or even stronger than the human. To later say that animals have no feelings …
Where does the animal maternal instinct come from
They say that nature is wise, and that is demonstrated every time we get to know the animal world a little more. Just as we are endowed with an innate maternal instinct, animals also have it. It seems that it was like a chip that we all have in our brain and that drives us to give protection and care to the most defenseless.
Jenny Holland, a National Geographic collaborator and animal biology and conservation specialist, states that the way in which the brain of animals is developed seems programmed not only to take care of others in order to do a good job but also with the objective of preserving the species.
The funny thing is that this maternal animal instinct crosses borders between species since there are many animals willing to adopt other defenseless beings, although they do not share tastes and similarities. Do you remember The Jungle Book? Well, it was not a fantastic or unreal story. Nature works that way.
For example, it has been found that the whales, imposing creatures where there are animals to watch and care for all who need it. Dolphins and other animal species that appear to have rescued either from fishing nets, or that have been injured or orphaned, have been found in their herd.
It seems that these adoptions of the animal world occur in the moments of breastfeeding when oxytocin rises and create bonds that seem easier.
The same happens in the case of chimpanzees, lions, elephants and many others. The truth is that thinking about this, again and again, shows us that animals still have many lessons to teach us to be better every day. Don’t you think
Exceptional cases of animal maternal instinct
A case of remarkable maternal animal instinct could be that of elephants. These usually go in packs – only females and children – and walk in a circle with the little ones inside it in order to protect and care for them. Although each elephant has its mother, if one becomes an orphan, it will be adopted by the rest of the pack. You will never be left alone or helpless until you reach adulthood.
Although elephants are docile and noble, if someone tries to threaten their young they become the most fearsome beast. The same happens in the case of lazy. Although many do not know, his name has only to do with his movements, not with his personality.
This animal is not lazy or lazy, but his body has a small amount of energy that he needs to use in the best possible way and save it for use when strictly necessary. A case in which it is useful is the threat to their young. At that time, they are able to spend all the energy they had stored to protect the lives of the little ones. In a few seconds, they could open any being with their long nails in half.
The case of kangaroos is also splendid, since not only have their babies been in the bag for months to protect them, but they can kill anyone who pretends to harm them. In addition, as in the case of whales and elephants, if they find a helpless baby they will put it in their bag the necessary time until it can unfold in the world.
Polar bears, lions, tigers, and other species have similar features of the animal maternal instinct. That saying that “mothers become animals for defending their children” is not just a phrase, but a reality.