An African lion (Panthera leo) lioness licks her young cub in Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.
A female American Black bear (Ursus americanus) is pictured with a cub at Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, USA.
An Orangutan mother shelters her baby after a brief rain shower at Palace Island, Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
A hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) rests with young in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.
Ostrich have an unusual way of looking after their young. The dominant breeding pair fosters the chicks of other ostriches and both male and female share the parental duties.Wildlife Finder: watch a pair of ostriches looking after their brood
150 million years ago, mammals revolutionised the way animals looked after their young.Wildlife Finder: discover the virtues of mother's milk
The instincts of a mother hippo and her newborn baby come into conflict. Where does the mother's priority lie?Wildlife Finder: find out about the risks facing newborn hippos
It's a fine balance introducing new lion cubs into the pride. There is always the risk that the older lions won't accept the young cubs, and perhaps even kill them.Wildlife Finder: watch the risky introduction of lion cubs into a pride
- David Attenborough
- Mark Fletcher