Moms Come In All Sizes, Sexes And Species

Many thanks to all of you who have mothered somebody – whoever you are, wherever you are.

Happy Mother’s Day Nicolas H. and Gamma Squad.



  1. oh my god that is so funny


  3. if it walks like a duck, if it barks like a duck, if it floats like wood, if it teaches little ducklets to swim…

  4. 260Oakley says:

    Corgi says: I can claim them as dependents and get some serious de-ducktions on my next tax return.

  5. Fird Birfle says:

    d’awwww comme c’est CUTE!!!

    and FUZZY. It’s a very fuzzy family.

    oh — and it’s very DAMP, as well.

    So they’re all cute, fuzzy and damp.

  6. earlybird1 says:


  7. Um. Males don’t mother. They father. It’s in the chromosomes baby.

  8. ashagato says:

    as a non-biological mom, I really appreciate this CP! thanks! (sniff)

  9. Corgi butt! The best Mother’s Day gift ever…

  10. This picture makes me smile a huge smile. 😀

  11. fish eye no miko says:

    Then he’ll have more money for his bills.

  12. it’s a picture of two immature ducks who decided to go corgi-tipping

  13. As Dr, Peter Venkman so eloquently said: ” So….she’s a dog”

  14. dubyah1 says:

    Of course males can mother! *I* say whoever cuts off your crusts and sings you to sleep and brings you gingerale and holds your head when you throw up can call themselves mothering if they want, chromosomal deletion be damned.

  15. Are you implying that fathers can’t be loving, good parents? o_0

    I understand the sentiment to say that all “sexes” are good mothers, but I feel it may be misguided, as well intentioned as the thought may be. I know several single fathers who would feel pretty offended to be thought of anything except “fathers”. Fathers are important too, even if often maligned by society these days.

  16. LOL! I had forgotten that line. 😀

    Lil’ duckies…. so sweet. Wasn’t this strange Mum mentioned here before?

  17. Victoria, Mom to 5 Rats says:

    LDM – I disagree. I’ve seen plenty of male creatures who most certainly took on the role of “Mommy.” Like my old cat Snoozer. Male cats generally don’t take any interest in youngsters beyond the act of “making” them, shall we say. But Snooze? Two different times, when a new kitten came into the family he took on a very maternal role, including grooming and snuggling with the babies and teaching them to hunt.

  18. So, there is no such thing as fathering?

  19. Let me rephrase that….as a society we have not recognized the role of a good father…one who is present and nurturing in their children’s lives. Although, as human beings we are perfectly capable of that and should be expected to be involved. Instead we have left the definition of fathering simply to the procreative process. So any sign of nurturing is given a female identity which is too bad.

  20. Love it 🙂 Hope all the mommies of CO had a wonderful mother’s day.

  21. dubyah1 says:

    Aaaand we’re back to the People’s Front:
    Stan: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
    Reg: But … you can’t HAVE babies!
    Stan: Don’t you oppress me!
    Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the fetus gonna gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?

  22. Crazy Pants says:

    Hi y’all! I thought of this post because there are lots of people in my life who were not my mother or my father who in some way nurtured me. I guess it is a little sad (like ldm says) that society sees nurturing as a female trait rather than a trait shared by both sexes. Mostly I wanted to acknowledge the people who are not my mother (my spouse, my uncle, my grandpa, my sister, my male and female friends) who have cared for me and fostered me in an above and beyond way.

    I was also thinking about all the people who have taken on both mother and father roles or fostered someone or adopted someone or showered the children in their lives with love and attention because they cannot or chose not to have children of their own.

    I encourage this kind of discussion because it may force us all (especially me) to re-think about how we perceive gender roles, but please know, this post was in no way meant to discount, offend or slight males or fathers.

    Thank you so much and have a cute day!

  23. at least a down payment…

  24. I chose to not have human children because of the impact on the planet. Women & men who chose to nurture children of all species, thank you. My concern is that the human species is pushing out all the others. We are all one planet. We need to learn to share– equally.

  25. This photo is dripping so much cute I don’t know where to look. Is it the hairy mummy corgi tocks or the yellow fuzzy ducks? AAAARRGGGHHH. Ded!

  26. Fird Birfle says:

    Tocks and ducks!!!

  27. Rachael says:

    One of the best photos (and stories) of all time! Animals don’t know species or gender – all they know is that mommy’s the one who takes care of them. I see no reason why this male corgi shouldn’t qualify as a duck mama. 🙂

  28. When I used to foster cats and kittens, my big orange male dominant kitteh would often take the kittens under his wing (in a manner of speaking), and lick them and curl up with them, etc. It was lovely to watch. No other analysis or angst needed, thank you very much. 🙂

  29. I find, in this day in age, that to Mom or to Mother is more of a verb than a noun. Males and females can be mothering; also some of the best Mothers I know are men, some of the worst are female. No need to be a nuffer people!

  30. I don’t like eider of those comments.

  31. edmundh says:

    It’s lovely how the duckies are still following their corgi mom around when they are all grown up:

    Best line from the article where it talked about the ducklings imprinting on the corgi:
    “Ever had your cheek licked by a Corgi? You’d imprint, too.”

  32. Victoria, Mom to 5 Rats says:

    I didn’t say there was no such thing as fathering. I said I’ve seen male “creatures” (note: NOT human) who took on the role of mother and gave an example of my cat because father cats generally mate with the female and leave to go mate again, taking no interest in their offspring. So my cat’s behavior was not a very “fatherly” thing to do in the cat sense. I don’t automatically consider nurturing behavior to be a female trait, but when it goes against they typical behavior of that species, it can be.

  33. This is just sooooo cute!!!

  34. skippymom says:

    You guys are quacking me up.

  35. fleurdamour says:


  36. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    You know the trilling sound that mother cats make to their babies? Philo makes that sound to Maggie all of the time. It’s usually when he’s chasing her, given, but that’s the only non-maternal use of the feline trill I’ve ever personally witnessed. ♥

  37. skippymom says:

    I have a confession to make: I really, really like wet dog smell.

  38. We had better duck before people start throwing rotten tomatoes at us.

  39. sleekityin says:

    And they went with a bark and a paddle and a qwack…

  40. skippymom says:

    Quick! Who can name all eight Make Way for Ducklings ducklings?
    A box of Cracker Jack for anyone who can do it without looking it up.

  41. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Oh my god, what is wrong with you people? The joke was that the ducklings imprinted on the dog, ie they took him for their mother. This wasn’t commentary on gender roles. I’m not saying the issue isn’t important, lord knows our society has gender/sex related problems, but why must it be discussed here?

  42. Qwack Qwack! I love duck qwacks. They are very restful and reassuring and well gosh darn it they are cute! There is just something about duck qwacks!

  43. It’s Okay BFB! WE don’t mind… it was done in the right spirit… IE.. Nobody was calling names or spewing profanity…Now then back to the utter cuteness of this photo that totally made me crack up laughing when I saw it early this morning!

  44. Crazy Pants says:

    I agree, skippymom.

  45. it’s so sad that I can’t see the image of your blog in china

  46. calendula444 says:

    Too cute… we can all learn a lot from the animal kingdom. They do a lot of things right!

  47. sleekityin says:

    This reminds me of the duck family near where I live. Mother duck (Jemima) is doing a fantastic job of looking after all elebenty of her little flooflings, sending out warning qwacks if anyone gets too close. They’re about 2 weeks only now and like little floofy dodgems zooming around as they make qte wee “meep” sounds. (They clamber on board “HMS Jemima” when they need a break.)