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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!

                                    30_baby cheetah licks mama cheetah

                                      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.

                                              35_mother sea otter and baby

                                                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!

                                                      40_Thai Panda and baby

                                                        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!

                                                          45_Kangaroo and joey

                                                            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 Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

                                                              How To Improve Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

                                                              We have two ears and one mouth for a reason—effective communication is dependent on using them in proportion, and this involves having good listening skills.

                                                              The workplace of the 21st century may not look the same as it did before COVID-19 spread throughout the world like wildfire, but that doesn’t mean you can relax your standards at work. If anything, Zoom meetings, conference calls, and the continuous time spent behind a screen have created a higher level of expectations for meeting etiquette and communication. And this goes further than simply muting your microphone during a meeting.

                                                              Effective workplace communication has been a topic of discussion for decades, yet, it is rarely addressed or implemented due to a lack of awareness and personal ownership by all parties.

                                                              Effective communication isn’t just about speaking clearly or finding the appropriate choice of words. It starts with intentional listening and being present. Here’s how to improve your listening skills for effective workplace communication.

                                                              Listen to Understand, Not to Speak

                                                              There are stark differences between listening and hearing. Listening involves intention, focused effort, and concentration, whereas hearing simply involves low-level awareness that someone else is speaking. Listening is a voluntary activity that allows one to be present and in the moment while hearing is passive and effortless.[1]

                                                              Which one would you prefer your colleagues to implement during your company-wide presentation? It’s a no-brainer.

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                                                              Listening can be one of the most powerful tools in your communication arsenal because one must listen to understand the message being told to them. As a result of this deeper understanding, communication can be streamlined because there is a higher level of comprehension that will facilitate practical follow-up questions, conversations, and problem-solving. And just because you heard something doesn’t mean you actually understood it.

                                                              We take this for granted daily, but that doesn’t mean we can use that as an excuse.

                                                              Your brain is constantly scanning your environment for threats, opportunities, and situations to advance your ability to promote your survival. And yet, while we are long past the days of worrying about being eaten by wildlife, the neurocircuitry responsible for these mechanisms is still hard-wired into our psychology and neural processing.

                                                              A classic example of this is the formation of memories. Case in point: where were you on June 3rd, 2014? For most of you reading this article, your mind will go completely blank, which isn’t necessarily bad.

                                                              The brain is far too efficient to retain every detail about every event that happens in your life, mainly because many events that occur aren’t always that important. The brain doesn’t—and shouldn’t—care what you ate for lunch three weeks ago or what color shirt you wore golfing last month. But for those of you who remember where you were on June 3rd, 2014, this date probably holds some sort of significance to you. Maybe it was a birthday or an anniversary. Perhaps it was the day your child was born. It could have even been a day where you lost someone special in your life.

                                                              Regardless of the circumstance, the brain is highly stimulated through emotion and engagement, which is why memories are usually stored in these situations. When the brain’s emotional centers become activated, the brain is far more likely to remember an event.[2] And this is also true when intention and focus are applied to listening to a conversation.

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                                                              Utilizing these hard-wired primitive pathways of survival to optimize your communication in the workplace is a no-brainer—literally and figuratively.

                                                              Intentional focus and concentrated efforts will pay off in the long run because you will retain more information and have an easier time recalling it down the road, making you look like a superstar in front of your colleagues and co-workers. Time to kiss those note-taking days away!

                                                              Effective Communication Isn’t Always Through Words

                                                              While we typically associate communication with words and verbal affirmations, communication can come in all shapes and forms. In the Zoom meeting era we live in, it has become far more challenging to utilize and understand these other forms of language. And this is because they are typically easier to see when we are sitting face to face with the person we speak to.[3]

                                                              Body language can play a significant role in how our words and communication are interpreted, especially when there is a disconnection involved.[4] When someone tells you one thing, yet their body language screams something completely different, it’s challenging to let that go. Our brain immediately starts to search for more information and inevitably prompts us to follow up with questions that will provide greater clarity to the situation at hand. And in all reality, not saying something might be just as important as actually saying something.

                                                              These commonly overlooked non-verbal communication choices can provide a plethora of information about the intentions, emotions, and motivations. We do this unconsciously, and it happens with every confrontation, conversation, and interaction we engage in. The magic lies in the utilization and active interpretation of these signals to improve your listening skills and your communication skills.

                                                              Our brains were designed for interpreting our world, which is why we are so good at recognizing subtle nuances and underlying disconnect within our casual encounters. So, when we begin to notice conflicting messages between verbal and non-verbal communication, our brain takes us down a path of troubleshooting.

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                                                              Which messages are consistent with this theme over time? Which statements aren’t aligning with what they’re really trying to tell me? How should I interpret their words and body language?

                                                              Suppose we want to break things down even further. In that case, one must understand that body language is usually a subconscious event, meaning that we rarely think about our body language. This happens because our brain’s primary focus is to string together words and phrases for verbal communication, which usually requires a higher level of processing. This doesn’t mean that body language will always tell the truth, but it does provide clues to help us weigh information, which can be pretty beneficial in the long run.

                                                              Actively interpreting body language can provide you with an edge in your communication skills. It can also be used as a tool to connect with the individual you are speaking to. This process is deeply ingrained into our human fabric and utilizes similar methods babies use while learning new skills from their parents’ traits during the early years of development.

                                                              Mirroring a person’s posture or stance can create a subtle bond, facilitating a sense of feeling like one another. This process is triggered via the activation of specific brain regions through the stimulation of specialized neurons called mirror neurons.[5] These particular neurons become activated while watching an individual engage in an activity or task, facilitating learning, queuing, and understanding. They also allow the person watching an action to become more efficient at physically executing the action, creating changes in the brain, and altering the overall structure of the brain to enhance output for that chosen activity.

                                                              Listening with intention can make you understand your colleague, and when paired together with mirroring body language, you can make your colleague feel like you two are alike. This simple trick can facilitate a greater bond of understanding and communication within all aspects of the conversation.

                                                              Eliminate All Distractions, Once and for All

                                                              As Jim Rohn says, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do.” And this is an underlying principle that will carry through in all aspects of communication. Distractions are a surefire way to ensure a lack of understanding or interpretation of a conversation, which in turn, will create inefficiencies and a poor foundation for communication.

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                                                              This should come as no surprise, especially in this day in age where people are constantly distracted by social media, text messaging, and endlessly checking their emails. We’re stuck in a cultural norm that has hijacked our love for the addictive dopamine rush and altered our ability to truly focus our efforts on the task at hand. And these distractions aren’t just distractions for the time they’re being used. They use up coveted brainpower and central processes that secondarily delay our ability to get back on track.

                                                              Gloria Mark, a researcher at UC Irvine, discovered that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for our brains to reach their peak state of focus after an interruption.[6] Yes, you read that correctly—distractions are costly, error-prone, and yield little to no benefit outside of a bump to the ego when receiving a new like on your social media profile.

                                                              Meetings should implement a no-phone policy, video conference calls should be set on their own browser with no other tabs open, and all updates, notifications, and email prompt should be immediately turned off, if possible, to eliminate all distractions during a meeting.

                                                              These are just a few examples of how we can optimize our environment to facilitate the highest levels of communication within the workplace.

                                                              Actions Speak Louder Than Words

                                                              Effective communication in the workplace doesn’t have to be challenging, but it does have to be intentional. Knowledge can only take us so far, but once again, knowing something is very different than putting it into action.

                                                              Just like riding a bike, the more often you do it, the easier it becomes. Master communicators are phenomenal listeners, which allows them to be effective communicators in the workplace and in life. If you genuinely want to own your communication, you must implement this information today and learn how to improve your listening skills.

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                                                              Choose your words carefully, listen intently, and most of all, be present in the moment—because that’s what master communicators do, and you can do it, too!

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