Octomom and six other extreme animal parents

By Sarah Zielinski, 08:16 AM August 7, 2014

Last week came news of a deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica), nicknamed “Octomom,” that had been spotted brooding her eggs for a record-breaking 53 months. Whether that made this octopus a great mother, though, is questionable. After all, as Bethany Brookshire noted in Science News,

Most female octopuses lay only one clutch of eggs, staying with the eggs constantly and slowly starving to death while protecting them from predators and keeping them clean. When the eggs hatch, the female...

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