After giving birth, an exhausted mother cow will not lie down until her calf is fed. Like many of us, she will talk softly to her calf (in the form of a soft grunt), which will help the calf recognize her voice in the future. She will also lick it for hours to stimulate respiration, blood circulation and excrement. In addition, licking helps the calf keep warm.
The cow will care for her calf for several months until she is self-feeding and socially independent.
Fish make nests in shelters and burrows to protect their offspring. Pisces are hardworking parents. They find food for fry, while they themselves can do without food. Fish are also known to pass on information to their offspring, just as we learn from our parents.
Goats have a very close bond with their offspring. A goat licks her newborn kids, just as cows take care of their calves. This protects them from hypothermia. A goat can distinguish her children from other kids, even if they are the same age and color. Immediately after birth, she identifies them by their scent as well as their bleating, which helps her find them if they get lost. Also, the goat helps the kid to stand and keep pace with the herd. She will hide it for protection from predators.
Like many animals, pigs separate from the general group to build a nest and prepare for birth. They find a quiet and safe place where they can take care of their babies and protect them from predators.
Sheep are an example of excellent adoptive parents in the animal world. After giving birth, the mother sheep will always accept the lost lamb. Sheep form a strong bond with their lambs. They are always close, communicate with each other, and separation causes them great grief.
Hens can communicate with their chicks even before they hatch! If the mother hen goes away for a short time and feels any signs of anxiety coming from her eggs, she will quickly move to her nest, making sounds, and the chicks make a joyful squeak inside the eggs when the mother is nearby.
The study found that chicks learn from their mother’s experience, which helps them understand what to eat and what not to eat. As part of the experiment, chickens were offered colored foods, some of which were edible and some of which were inedible. Scientists have found that chicks follow their mother and choose the same edible foods as their mother.