Families come in every shape, size, and colour you can imagine and family life is the key to success for many groups of animals.
A swallow makes more than 1200 trips with a full mouth of clay to build up a hanging nest on a wall of western Congo. A magpie will make up to 12 trips an hour to get back with a full beak of insects for its chicks in a Beijing Park.
A panda mum may even be the very cause of her cub’s death, squashing it under the weight of her big, heavy body. There are cockroaches that display surprisingly tender care for their little ones, dads who fall pregnant and mums who eat their babies. From eternal love to quick encounters, from fights to the death for female approval to females devouring their partners, from families of hundreds of members, to helpless babies born alone… In nature, one thing is certain: when it comes to family matters, literally anything goes!