MOTHER'S DAY MAYHEM: "Worst" Animal Moms?

MOTHER'S DAY MAYHEM: ''Worst'' Animal Moms
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Rabbit Mom: Absentee Parent

She's a "bad" mom because ... rabbit mothers abandon their young in burrows immediately after birth and return to feed them for only about two minutes daily during their first 25 days. After this brief bout of "drive-by" parenting, young rabbits are left to fend for themselves.

Give Mom a break, because ... rabbits are tasty, and predators especially enjoy feasting on helpless newborns. Mothers likely avoid their young to keep their underground locations secret--and their precious progeny alive.

Though mother-child "quality time" is limited, increased odds of survival may be the greatest gift of all--a little something to remember this Mother's Day 2009.
—Photograph by Jack Milchanowski/Visuals Unlimited
 
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