21 Pictures of Animals Acting as Parents: Otter-ly Adorable!

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Sometimes, a lemur hops into a baby carriage at the zoo. It just happens.

But most the time, animals need not go to such lengths in order to find comfort: they can just turn to their mothers or their fathers.

In the following photo gallery, we highlight 21 creatures that have one very important thing in common with human parents around the world: they love their kids very, very, very much.

Whether this means giving them a tongue bath or carrying them across the water on their backs, the affection is real and it's adorable.

See for yourself:

Of course, animals can also express a different kind of affection.

A public display of affection, if you will.

And, as you can see in this collection of images, they aren't afraid to do so:

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