Do animals feel any emotions towards their young? Do they "love" their babies? Like the creatures do in the Walt Disney movies or other cartoons and movies. Or do we really as a species just need to, or are made to believe that they do? Is it all insticnt for them? To feed and protect their young until they are ready to leave on their own. To supply them with shelter. To teach them the necessary skills to be able to survive and continue a species. If it is all instinct then I'm nothing better than an animal. For such a long time now all I can manage is "instinctive" measures for and towards my children. My young. And even those basics I'm failing to meet. I hate me as a mom. I feel as if I've failed horribly at my responsibilities. And because of my failures my children are doomed to suffer. I'm just so tired and drained. I cant even care for myself lately. I'm nothing but a caregiver to my children. If animals are capable of feeling love for their young, then there isnt much hope left for mine or me. I'm just doing what I need to get them by. How much more pathetic can a creature be?