Taking care of one’s children is the most marvellous job around. It’s also the hardest job in the world – it’s exhausting… and complicated… and sometimes even exasperating. There are times when you can almost understand that some animals don’t take care of their offspring at all.
Nonetheless, most species, including us humans, share the most intense and powerful feeling that a brain can generate: affection for the living.
Vultures have to oblige their young to leave the nest by hunger, spiders do their best not to eat the new born generations while snakes do not care at all of their offspring. On the contrary caimans are the best reptilian mothers and she leopards among felines. But it’s the legionary ants, who have developed the most secure nursery for babies in the whole wide world of animals.