Mother’s love knows no discrimination. It is filled with devotion, compassion and sacrifice. Some animals show how warm and inexplicably unconditional mother’s love can be. A farmer from this video was very surprised to discover that his hen was not sitting on her egg, as he had thought. Don’t worry, the guy has common sense, he helped the hen take care of her unusual adopted baby. It just amazes me that animals have more compassion even for the other species, while we, humans can hardly get along. Please, SHARE.
Such adoptions are relatively common among domestic animals, and occasionally seen in the wild. Dogs taking care of baby squirrels, whales adopting dolphins, apes raising kittens, some of these stories are hard to believe, but they happen, and they happen pretty often. In animal kingdom such occurrences have a lot to do with instincts. Animals take care of their young, help them survive, and pass these responsibilities on the family DNA.
Researchers offer yet another explanation. It is in a mother’s best interest to raise a strong and healthy child, to provide safety to her young. However, some mothers are more maternal than others, because of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is related to the mental, as well as the behavioral, aspect of bonding. It is elicited during sexual intercourse, and is involved in maintaining close relationships. This hormone is critically important for the development of parenting. Animals with no oxytocin care less about their pups, they are less involved in grooming and cuddling with their little ones. Human mothers exhibit similar behavior. Moms with higher levels of oxytocin across the pregnancy and the postpartum month showed more bonding behaviors, like singing a special song to the child, or bathing and feeding him in a special way. These mothers were also more worried about their infants, they were checking on them more often. They also showed no traces of postpartum depression.