Top 10 animal moms – from elephants to koalas to sea lice

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Female koala bears sleep 22 hours a day, even when caring for babies.

Although responsible pet parents don’t let their pets become parents, I love to see wild animals with babies and learn about how they care for them.

So I really enjoyed’s new feature, Top 10 Animal Moms, which describes the baby-raising techniques of species ranging from orangutans to octopi. As a new mom myself, I could relate to some things (polar bears gain 400 lbs. during pregnancy) but not others (they also sleep through childbirth — lucky).   

Of course, if companion animals are more your thing, Petfinder has plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day — whether by donating to help shelter pets in Mom’s honor or sending a free Mother’s Day e-card. You could even go all out and adopt one of our 234 pets named Momma!