The protection of offspring depends on the animal and what that animal is able to do for defense. Herbivores that make a nest or burrow underground protect offspring by hiding them. An animal that lives on the open planes, such as a zebra, runs with the herd for protection.
Tigresses are overly cautious and secretive when caring for young cubs, according to Sea World. The cubs are born completely helpless and dependent on the mother. She immediately moves the cubs if she feels the area is threatened. The tigress may also eat the cubs' feces in order to protect them from potential predators detecting their scents.
Canines are social creatures that have a complex social hierarchy that allows for cooperative living, hunting and defense of territory. The social group participates in the defense of the young. Whales frequently work together to protect their young as well. Female sperm whales form a protective circle around their calves with their flukes pointing outwards to thwart attackers.
Birds need a secure place to incubate and raise offspring until independence. Nests are hidden out of the reach of predators so that offspring are out of reach until they reach maturity. Some birds even nest next to animals better equipped to deter predators. The falcon swoops and attack threats to its young.