Mommy and me!

 

The Animal KingdomEvery animal (from butterflies to basset hounds to black bears to you) belongs to this scientific grouping. is full of really good moms. Every type of female animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. has different ways of making sure her babies have a chance to grow up.

 

BirdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. moms (and dads) start by finding the perfect place for a nest. Mama birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. lays eggs and keeps them warm and protected until they hatch (some daddy birds help, too). Some chicks are able to walk right after hatching; they stay close to their mom as she shows them where to find food. Other types of baby birds need more help; chicks that hatch without many feathers stay in their nest for a few weeks while one parent searches for food and brings it back to feed the babies. After a few weeks, the parents watch over them as they practice flying.

 

Of all animals, mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. moms seem to do the most work; they keep their babies with them for a lot longer than birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. and reptileA cold-blooded, air-breathing animal that has a backbone. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin. They move by either creeping on short legs or crawling on their bellies. Most reproduce by laying eggs. mothers. MammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. mothers nurse their young and lick them to keep them clean. They "play" with their babies to teach them skills they'll need for hunting or escaping predators. Gorillas and some other mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. babies cling to their mothers, who carry them around until she feels her youngster is safe moving on its own. MarsupialA type of mammal that develops in a pouch. moms such as koalas and kangaroos carry their babies in a pouch for safe keeping!

 

ReptileA cold-blooded, air-breathing animal that has a backbone. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin. They move by either creeping on short legs or crawling on their bellies. Most reproduce by laying eggs. mothers lay their eggs in safe places and some, like many pythons, even protect them until the babies hatch and are on their own.

 

Think about your favorite animals. Are they reptiles? Birds? Mammals? What do you think their moms do for them?

 

What cool things does your mom do for you? Let's hear it for all the moms—they get us up and growing!