Week in Geek: Special Mother’s Day edition

Since today is Mother’s Day, here’s a look at the spectrum of mother and offspring relationships on our planet. While humans are fond of baby wraps, backpacks and strollers, other species have their own creative ways of transporting their young.

  • American alligator mothers often help their babies move around by letting them ride on their heads or sometimes even giving them a lift in their mouths.
  • Wolf spiders actually carry their egg sacs around with them and when the baby spiders hatch, they climb onto their mother’s abdomen for the first few days before heading off to live on their own. One Australian discovered this the hard way. [VIDEO]
  • This species of toad in South America embeds her fertilized eggs into her back. When they hatch, the tadpoles literally come out of her skin. [VIDEO]
  • Everyone’s favorite baby transporter, the kangaroo, has its famous stomach pouch, but I bet you didn’t know that baby kangaroos blindly crawl along their mother’s body from her uterus to the pouch right after birth. [VIDEO]

If that’s not enough of an animal fix for you, here’s a photo album from National Geographic of mothers and babies from across the animal kingdom.

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@Summer_Ash, In-house Astrophysicist

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Week in Geek: Special Mother's Day edition