Even though it is dangerous to attribute human emotions to animals, I think the word “love” can be applied to animal relationships too. Not everything is purely a protective instinct to ensure the survival of the family group.
Hyenas must be some of the ugliest, meanest animals in the African bush, but they are the most loving, patient mothers. These two let those pups climb all over them, and chew on them, without losing their tempers.
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