Pandas can be good mothers. They can care for a cub, feed it, and keep it safe. That is, unless the Mother has twins.
The Mother decides which of the twin pandas is the weakest, and she abandons it. An example of a panda who did this would be the National Zoo’s panda, named Mei Xiang. When Mei gave birth to two twin pandas, the zookeepers realized the smaller panda had been regurgitating food and struggling to gain weight. Mei would not care for the smaller panda, despite the zoo’s efforts. After only one week, the smaller panda tragically died.
However, there is a reason for panda mothers abandoning one of their twins. An average panda can eat up to 30 pounds of bamboo in a day. Since it would be too difficult for a mother panda to feed and care for two cubs, they abandon one. Not only that, but mother pandas have a limited amount of milk production, so it is extremely difficult for a mother panda to feed two babies.
At least pandas abandon their young instead of killing them… Burying Beetles eat their children.
The burying beetles usually live inside the bodies of dead mice. The beetles dig through the mouse until it is hollow. However, things get worse. If there isn’t enough food for the beetles to eat, the beetle who doesn’t get food is killed and shared among the family as a meal.
When these beetles aren’t eating their brothers, sisters, or children, they usually eat the mouse carcass they live in.
The female tasmanian devil is able to give birth to nearly 50 children, however only (approximately) 4 of them ever survive.
The Mother is only able to feed four of her children at a time, so when her fifty children are born, they fight over her. The four children left standing after a gruesome fight survive. If any of the tasmanian devils leave the fight, they starve to death within hours.
On the other side of the spectrum, there is the species with the best Mothers…
Our Mothers take care of us for many of the stages of our life, and they are truly amazing. They are the best*.
Happy Mother’s Day!
*Human mothers truly are the best… Unless you count wolf spider’s mothers.
Wolf spiders ride around on their Mother’s backs for a large majority of their life, including when they are still inside their eggs. Until they have grown to an old enough age, the spider babies almost never get off their Mother’s back.
But that’s besides the point… Our Mother’s are still amazing.
Which of these animals do you think is the worst? Leave a comment with your response!