Mom took care of you when you were sick, put the bandage on your skinned knee after you fell off your bike and still makes the best pot roast. Perhaps you never listened to her advice when you were young but now you understand her wisdom.

Animal moms often show the same type of care with their young – protecting and passing on lessons and skills they’ve learned to help them survive in the wild.

We hope these 14 reasons we love moms prompt good memories of the mother figure in your life.

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