National Geographic has published a new book celebrating animal mothers and the love they have for their offspring, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Love: Inspiring True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Melina Gerosa Bellows features heartwarming tales that show there is no stronger power on Earth than a mother’s love, even among our winged and four-footed friends.
From a mother duck who tugged at a pedestrian’s pant leg with her beak to get help for her ducklings who had fallen through a sewer grate to an elephant that stood on her hind legs to lift her baby to safety in a flooded river to the cat that ran into a burning building five times to rescue her month-old kittens — despite singed fur, scorched ears and blistered eyes — Mother’s Love tells of heroic and touching animal feats that prove humans are not the only ones who go to elaborate lengths for the sake of their young.
Interspersed with the animal tales are inspirational quotes celebrating mothers from such well-known sons and daughters as Charlie Chaplin, Victor Hugo, Thomas Edison, Agatha Christie, Sophocles, Mark Twain, Sophia Loren, Maya Angelou and Joan Rivers.
Also included in book are beautiful photographs and fun factoids about motherhood in the animal kingdom, such as “If hippos are born underwater, the mother nudges the newborn to the water’s surface so it can breathe,” and “Born the size of honeybees, opossums live in their mother’s pouch for two months before seeing the world on her back.”
Wouldn’t this be a great gift for Mother’s Day for your mom, or even for yourself?! I’m waiting for my review copy to arrive, and I don’t think I’ll be giving it away!
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This week, three lucky Life Your Way readers will each win a copy of Mother’s Love!
To enter, tell me about a favorite memory of your own mother:
This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 5/2. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well!