Animals and love and affection

On my safaris over the years, I have seen animals display what appears to be kindness, concern, and affection, love, for others of their kind. Today’s photos show various species, embracing, cuddling, licking and grooming their progeny, siblings and leaders - a mother providing a protective embrace, a baby kissing its mother, one brother licking his other brother, a mother reveling in the care of her newborn cubs, elephants guarding their young and a member of a group of chimpanzees grooming the leader.

Enjoy these photographs, taken in South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, and see if you don’t agree.