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Fierce Animal Moms Who Will Stop At NOTHING To Protect Their Babies

<p> <a href="http://www.thirteen.org/13pressroom/press-release/nature-season-33-penguins-spy-in-the-huddle-a-nature-special-presentation/">WNET/Frederique Olivier/JDP</a><span></span><br> </p>

You might've heard the phrase "mama bear" used to refer to a mom who's not afraid to fight for her child, but a lot of other animals are pretty protective, too.

Here are some animal moms who will do whatever it takes to keep their kids alive.

Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters only have one child per year, whom they keep safe by carrying on their backs.

Swans

Swan parents are thought to mate for life in order to care for their children, but they also chase the cygnets off after six months so they'll go survive on their own.

Brown Bears

Brown bear cubs nurse for up to two and one-half years, so the moms only reproduce every three.

Penguins

Penguins often huddle together to keep warm and, as you can see, the young often hang out in the middle while the parents block the wind.

Long-Tailed Macaques

Long-tailed macaques are protective of their young. Oddly, females don't reach full maturity until after giving birth to a child.

Tree Kangaroos

Baby tree kangaroos stay in their mothers' pouches for 10 months until reaching maturity, then still return for months afterward to feed.

Ducks

Female ducks will often form groups, or cliques, specifically designed to provide protection or nourishment for each other's chicks.

Wolves

Wolf pups are born blind, so their mothers have to be extra attentive to keep them safe until they can see.

Polar Bears

Polar bear fathers are completely hands-off, so the mom has it extra hard trying to watch over her cubs and foregoing food for four to eight months while she gives birth and nurses them.

Piping Plovers

Young plover birds often have to learn to fend for themselves after a few days, but until then the moms will keep them warm until it's time to face the world.

Geese

Geese are notorious for being protective of their young, and with so many to watch at a time, it's no wonder they can sometimes get aggressive.