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1. This dog, who hid her babies in a hole during a raging wildfire.

Sometimes human beings point to animal behavior, and say, "We're one of them! We're savage animals in a constant dance of death and carnage! Coffee is for closers!" Blah, blah, whatever. If you act like a conscienceless maniac, please, blame yourself and leave the cats and dogs out of it.

Mama and papa animals have all the same impulses to nurture and defend that we aspire to in our relationships with other people. Get out your tissues and watch these inspiring furballs go above and beyond for their beloved babes.