Mom knows best, especially in the animal world. A glimpse of these mothers at work and play with their little ones is proof that the special mother-child bond is a celebration our animal friends share. Cute critters rely on mom to teach them the ways of the world, so in honor of our moms  — and theirs — here's a look at some of the cutest animal moms and their babes.
Make Way For Ducklings!
Just like any protective mama, this proud mother duck leads her flock of little ones down the line.
When you're scared, who better to come running to? This elephant babe knows where to hide out.
A kiss from mom makes anything better. Mom and her hippo baby nuzzle noses.
Look who's peeking out from mom's pouch! This tiny baby kangaroo takes a nap, under mom's watchful eye.
This little cub's getting kisses — and a bath — from mom.
Forget the stroller, this Cariblanco Capuchin doesn't monkey around. She gives her snoozing babe a ride all on her own.
On a break from their hunting adventures, this polar bear babe shows mom some love.
This seal pup knows snuggling up with mom is the best way to stay warm.
This foal is all about the fun, but mama's on a mission.
Mom's got a treat, and this little guy is after it! This curious lemur babe can't take its eyes off of mom.
Here's a proud cheetah mom watching over her fluffy cubs.
Lots of Licks
How sweet is this adorable baby giraffe getting a big lick from his mom? Baby giraffes top out around six feet tall at birth.
Here's an orangutan mom that loves giving her newborn lots of smooches.
This white lion cub and his mom love nuzzling while spending time together.