The Worst Animal Parents In The World

Motherhood in the wild looks different from one species to the next — drastically different. That’s because animals have all kinds of amazing in-born habits and modes of survival that impact how they care (or don’t care) for their young. Some animal moms coddle, while others take a “sink or swim” approach, literally abandoning their offspring shortly after birth. Of course, that’s how things go in the wild.

1. Stork

A stork throws its baby out of the nest

A stork throws its baby out of the nest. The storks do not do this because they hate children and not because of some mental. The intentional killing of offspring is practised by many species. There’s even a special term, reduction of the brood. White storks also do it but it has nothing to do with their parenting qualities it’s just natural selection. When parents realize that they just don’t have enough resources to feed all their babies they get rid of one or two. Sometimes they choose the weakest ones but sometimes everything happens by accident.

2. Cuckoo Chick

The mother cuckoo sneakily lays her eggs in another bird’s nest, tricking the bird into caring for her egg

When it comes to being master neglecters, cuckoos win big time. The mother cuckoo sneakily lays her eggs in another bird’s nest, tricking the bird into caring for her egg! What’s worse?
The cuckoo is usually the first of the birds to hatch, and when it does, it forces the other birds out of the nest, and, of course, they can’t survive on their own. Then, the baby cuckoo gets all the attention from their new parents. Mama cuckoo doesn’t have to do a thing. It’s kind of a brilliant, evil scheme actually. But hey, that’s nature baby.

3. Pandas

Pandas might look like doting mothers to their one and only baby

Pandas might look like doting mothers to their one and only baby — and they are! But the reason they make bad moms is that they typically have two offspring and choose only to care for one.
It’s a cruel quirk of nature, perhaps, but the mother panda knows that taking care of more than one baby will hurt the food supply for the family. She chooses the strongest of the two to care for and completely neglects the other, often leaving it to starve. Naturalists call this “quality control,” but it sure is brutal.
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