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Cheetah Mom and Cub, Botswana. Photograph by Chris Johns, via NatGeo

Mother's Day (May 12) is coming up, so let's take a moment to admire all the awesome parenting that takes place in the animal kingdom, from cheetah moms to marmoset moms. In fact, you should show this list to your mom and have a weepy moment together while she reminisces about your first day of school. And for God's sake, stand up straight!

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Alkoomie, an eight-month-old baby koala, with her mother Alguna, at Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan, central France. Picture: AFP/GETTY, via The Telegraph


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Zambezi Elephants, Africa Photograph by Chris Johns, via NatGeo


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Bay Polar Bears. Photograph by Flip Nicklin, via NatGeo


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Mother Wolf, Wichita, Kansas. Photograph by Joel Sartore, via NatGeo


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Lioness and Cub, Kenya. Photograph by Marc Abrahms, via NatGeo


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Baby Gelada, Ethiopia. Photograph by Michael Nichols via NatGeo


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Kangaroo and Joey, Australia. Photograph by Robert Parviainen, via NatGeo


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Giraffe Mother and Calf, St. Louis Zoo. Photograph by Mary McClain, via NatGeo


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Horses, England. Photograph by Sam Abell, via NatGeo


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Grizzly Bear and Cub. Photograph by James Galletto, via NatGeo


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Mother Seal and Pup, Gal√°pagos. Photograph by Jack Burtt, via NatGeo


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Tiger Carrying Cub, India. Photograph by Michael Nichols, via NatGeo


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Sheep, via Chicago Tribune


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Marmoset monkeys. Photograph by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images, via Chicago Tribune


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Somali donkeys. Photograph by RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images, via Chicago Tribune


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Wolves, Photograph by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images, via Chicago Tribune


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Pandas, Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, via Chicago Tribune


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Penguins, Photograph by Ryan T. Pierse/Getty Images, via Chicago Tribune

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