Animal Moms: From Lion to Mouse
Animal mothers come in all shapes and sizes. One could be a 60-pound octopus dutifully guarding her eggs for hundreds of days on end in Seattle’s Puget Sound. Another could be a tiny mouse mom learning the meanings of her pups’ vocalizations to better ensure their survival. Several scientists share stories of their favorite animal kingdom matriarchs with Science Friday, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Bianca Jones Marlin is a Ph.D. graduate of the Laboratory of Robert C. Froemke at the New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York.
Robert Froemke is an assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine in New York, New York.
Barbara King is the author of How Animals Grieve (The University of Chicago Press, 2013) and chancellor professor of anthropology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Craig Saffoe is curator of Great Cats and Andean Bears at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.