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These 30 Animal Parents with their New-born Babies in the Wild Will Show You How Precious Life Is

These 30 Animal Parents with their New-born Babies in the Wild Will Show You How Precious Life Is

As Charles Darwin described in his study about the existence and nature of emotions as expressed both by humans and animals, emotions are a natural part of the living creatures. Although there might be some slight differences between emotions of animals and humans, yet, they are quite similar. Both of these creatures have distinguished emotional patterns like anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and even surprise. With that, it is not far from reality that animals when they become parents, also become loving towards their babies. They express similar emotions and at the same time do similar things as the humans do to give whatever their babies need. This is also one way to show that they care for their young.

Here are some of the most touching photos of newborn animals in the wild which clearly express that animals, too, can show how tender and caring they are as mothers and fathers to their babies. Let these photos inspire you and show you how precious life is.

1. Mother monkey gets Caesarian

Painful as it sounds, but yes, the mother monkey just got her Caesarian to give birth to her baby monkey. This is quite a maternal sacrifice!

1_Baby monkey cs

    2. The Canada goslings follow their mama goose

    Really cute! These goslings are following their mother goose in search for food. While doing so, they swim together in line (to avoid being lost).

    3_Canada Goose and Goslings

      3. The Capybara swims with her newborn

      One of the cutest feature of a Capybara is that they really are persistent in terms of teaching some values to their young. You can see this in this picture of these baby Capybaras learning to swim together with their mom.

      4_Capybara and newborn

        4. Mother Elephant milks her newborn calf

        This is quite a photo! Mother elephant in the Safari just gave her milk to her baby.

        5_Elephants & Newborn in Safari

          5. Baby Calf follows Mama Hippo

          Obedience is one of the keys to life’s success. In order for this baby hippo to learn the basics of life, he needs to obey what his mom asks him to do. As seen in this photo, this baby follows wherever his mom will go.

          6_Following Mama Hippo

            6. Lioness cares for her one-day old cub

            They may be the fiercest creature in the jungle, but to their cubs, they are the most loving and caring creatures.

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            8_Lioness & Baby

              7. Lioness carries her newborn cub

              Just like the human moms, this lioness carefully brings her cub to the distinct places in the jungle. It’s somehow scary to look at, but that’s how they normally carry their babies – by mouth!

              10_Lioness carries newborn

                8. Mama Hippo takes a bath with her baby calf

                Really cute! Life might bring some difficulties, but as long as their is a cool bath, it’s okay. This mama hippo just gave herself a bath together with her baby.

                11_Mama Hippo and Baby Bath

                  9. Baby crocodile just hatched from egg

                  Life is harsh. Well, it is. Just like this baby crocodile, when it was hatched, his mom’s presence is absent. Although life sucks, still life should go on and be lived.

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                    10. Wild Mynah bird feeds her young

                    Parents know perfectly what their children need. Giving it what it needs, is what the Mynah bird did to her newborn chick.

                    15_Wild mynah bird feeds

                      11. Newly-hatched chick just got out of its egg

                      Just like the crocodile, this chick just got out of the egg without the presence of her mother hen.

                      16_Newly-hatched chick

                        12. Mama Hippo cares for her calf

                        Kiss. Kiss. Kiss. This is how mother love works. Mama hippo just gave her calf those sweet and loving kisses.

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                        18_Rhino calf and baby

                          13. Sea Lion kisses her day-old pup

                          This is exactly how a mother shows affection to their children. Even animals do it!

                          20_Newborn Sea Lion

                            14. Wild sow (female boar) milks her babies

                            Babies need the mother’s milk. In the first months they are entirely dependent to them.

                            21_Wild boar and babies

                              15. Papa Lion calms cub

                              Even father lions can express love to their cubs.

                              24_Father lion and cub

                                16. Mama Koala hugs her joey

                                Hugs can calm any creature. This joey just got it from her loving mom.

                                25_Mother koala and baby

                                  17. Cheetah protects her cubs

                                  The jungle life can be tough. But with the presence of their mom, nothing should be feared about it!

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                                    18. Mother Cheetah is having fun with her cub

                                    Life can be tough, but just laugh at it, because life can also be very enjoyable!

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                                      19. Tigress shows comfort to her young cub

                                      As problems arose, a simple, sincere, warm hug is enough to conquer life’s difficulties.

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                                        20. Mother Tigress bathes her baby

                                        See how the mother tigress bathes her baby! It’s adorable!

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                                          21. Tigress shows love to her cub

                                          Nothing beats with a mother’s love to her baby. Really.

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                                            22. Mama Sloth climbs trees carefully as she carries her baby

                                            Though any mom can be single when she carries a baby, life shouldn’t be enjoyed less because of that. We all still have to fight and survive!

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                                              23. Mother sea otter relaxes in water as she bathes with her pup

                                              Yes, these mother-daughter sea otters just spend time relaxing in the cool waters.

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                                                24. Father Lion plays with his cub

                                                During playtime, this father lion cuddles and plays with his cub (just like how human daddies do with their young kids!)

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                                                  25. Giraffe kisses her calf

                                                  Just like the other animals as well as humans, the mother giraffe kisses her calf!

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                                                    26. Mama Panda plays around with her cubs

                                                    This one is one of the most hilarious and the cutest photos! This mother panda in China (Juxiao) plays with her baby cubs.

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                                                      27. Mother Thai Panda walks on the rope carrying her cub

                                                      What a complete flexibility!

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                                                        28. Mother Opossum carries her joeys on her back searching for food

                                                        Mothers can be tough just for their babies. Just take a look at how strong her back is to carry her babies.

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                                                          29. Kangaroo hugs her joey so tightly

                                                          Kangaroos can be one of the most adorable animals in the jungle. But they can be the sweetest, too!

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                                                            30. Mother Koala plays with her baby

                                                            Mother animals can be playful with their babies, too!

                                                            44_mother koala and joey

                                                              See how simple and tranquil life is especially if you’re with your parents or your kids. So, treasure them. Cherish your simple life amid the complexity of life. In general, I hope these photos remind you of how life is precious!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Family of Koala Picture via sexyli.com

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                                                              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                                                              I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                                                              I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                                                              Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                              How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                                                              Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                                                              Create a Positive Experience

                                                              Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                                                              When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                                                              What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                                                              Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                                                              As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                                                              Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                                                              Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                                                              Help Leadership Skills

                                                              It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                                                              Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                                                              As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                                                              Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                                                              If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                                                              Build Better Teams

                                                              Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                                                              In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                                                              If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                                                              When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                                                              Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                                                              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                                                              Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                                                              1. Listen

                                                              Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                                                              Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                                                              People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                                                              Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                                                              Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                                                              2. Know Your Audience

                                                              Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                                                              Here is a good way to think about it:

                                                              Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                                                              You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                                                              3. Minimize

                                                              I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                                                              He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                                                              Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                                                              State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                                                              The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                                                              4. Over Communicate

                                                              So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                                                              What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                                                              Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                                                              Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                                                              Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                                                              There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                                                              5. Body Language

                                                              The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                                                              When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                                                              In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                                                              When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                                                              Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                                                              There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                              Now go communicate your way to success.

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