The animal kingdom is a scary place. Sometimes not even your Mom can be trusted.



Source: corrieb

When a new male takes over a pride, the lionesses will allow him to kill any cubs of less than 2 years to stop any future rivals from challenging him for the pride. Gee way to have your priorities straight, Mom.


Common Cuckoo

The female cuckoo bird purposefully lays her eggs in other birds’ nests so they’ll raise her kids while she goes galavanting around the countryside. This would be like your mom leaving you with the neighbors–permanently–because she wanted to go to Vegas.


Giant Panda

Source: Tim Evanson

Pandas may give birth to between one and three cubs but only one is raised. It’s also not unheard of for the giant panda mother to roll over in her sleep and crush the cub (who only weighs a couple of ounces) cuddled up against her. That takes ‘you’re smothering me’ to an entirely new level…


Black Bear

Source: ucumari

When a female bear gives birth to only one cub, she may abandon it, deciding that raising only one baby just isn’t worth her effort. Talk about double or nothing.


Galapagos Shark

Source: nialkennedy

A Galapagos shark female will eat her own young if she catches them outside the shallow waters of their nursery. “Oh little Tommy looks so grown up, he’s almost good enough to ea—NOM NOM.”


Harp Seal

After 12 days of doting over her newborn pups, a Harp seal mother gets horny and will leave them stranded on the ice while she goes to look for another mate. Now THAT’S how you give someone the cold shoulder.



A first-time hamster mom may be so shocked by her new family that she simply eats them to remove the threat. The same thing can happen if infant hamsters are handled by humans before they reach 2 weeks of age. Too bad there aren’t any adoption agencies for teen hamster moms…


Langur Monkey

After the strongest Langur males compete for control of the troop, the winner tries to bite to death the young offspring of his predecessor. Mommy monkeys allow the infanticide, then present themselves to the new ruler for mating. Again with this? Lions and monkeys clearly need some family therapy.


Black Eagle

Source: dkeats

Mother eagles will stand by while their fledglings squabble–to the death even. Though gruesome, it’s her way of teaching the kids survival of the fittest, while at the same time decreasing the size of her family to help to allocate food resources. That’s what you call REALLY tough love.



Source: mrhsfan

Rabbit mothers leave the burrow immediately after giving birth and only stop by for a few minutes each day afterwards to drop off food. After less than a month, the youngsters are left to fend for themselves. Talk about an absentee parent…


Long-Tailed Skink

Source: losk

If a protective skink mother notices too many predators around her egg clutch she says, “better luck next time,” and eats the eggs before they get a chance to hatch. I know mothers like to worry but that seems a liiiiitle premature, yes?


Hooded Grebe

Source: marianosrur

Mother grebes build floating nests of rotting vegetation where both parents incubate two eggs until one hatches. But “once that first chick hatches, [the parents and baby] swim away from the nest and leave the other chick all by its lonesome,” Forbes explained. “They are just interested in getting one successful chick off the nest.” This is like a human mom who’s pregnant with twins, but only wants to take the first one home from the hospital. Harsh!


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