Take a look at the awesome mothers in the livestock industry and the animal kingdom.

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, but human mothers aren’t the only ones who deserve recognition on this day celebrating everything about moms. There are many animals in the livestock industry that are excellent mothers, and many wild animals that are protected by agricultural lands that are naturally good at being a mom, too. Explore fun facts about the best animal mothers from the animal kingdom below in honor of Mother’s Day.

Mothers of the Livestock Industry

Domestic animal mothers are very protective of their baby animals. Cows are some of the most protective animal mothers. When beef cows have their babies in the pasture lands, it can be quite a job finding the calf—a cow’s instincts compel it to hide its young from predators—and sometimes ranchers have a half a ton of protective mama, many with horns, to deal with once they locate the calf.

Horses are good mothers as well. They are also very protective of their young, exhibiting behaviors like ear pinning, biting, and kicking to ward off humans, other horses, and anything they see as a threat to their young. Mother horses will also stand over their sleeping foals, a behavior called tending.

Wild Animal Mothers

Many wild animals are also excellent mothers. Those animals that are protected by agricultural lands are generally ones that we see more often, allowing us to see mother animals in action. The Florida panther is such an example of an animal outside the livestock industry that is among the best animal mothers.

As the official state animal of Florida and an endangered species, Florida panthers are on everyone’s radar. Many panthers are tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), but not all are. Many farmers and ranchers report Florida panther sightings, especially a mother with kittens.

In 2012, an non-collared Florida panther mother was caught by motion-activated cameras moving her three spotted kittens to a new den, likely because of recent rains, according to a Scientific American article. The photos were important because they showed an unmonitored Florida panther—and there are few panthers that aren’t monitored—with her babies, the promise of a future where Florida panthers still roam the wild places. As a mother, she was ensuring the safety of her babies and the continuation of her species, and we in the ag industry will always support a mother’s love

AgAmerica Lending is the nation’s premier land lender, and we support mothers of all species. Ready to discuss the future of your agribusiness? Call your mom to wish her a happy Mother’s Day, and then contact us here to talk to one of our expert team members.