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If the characters find a baby wild animal, it is almost certain that a dangerous [[MamaBear parent]] [[PapaWolf animal]] is nearby, and will soon attack them. The characters will usually get out unscathed, but not without a good chase or fight.

In many cases, characters that are not too familiar with animals or the wilderness will attempt to pick up, feed, play with or even adopt the cub. It can result in CutenessProximity or even ImTakingHerHomeWithMe.

More savvy characters will recognize the possible danger associated with the presence of a baby animal.

This can be TruthInTelevision for many types of animals, so it is best to keep your distance from baby wild animals.

See also MamaBear and PapaWolf. Contrast with MonsterIsAMommy. If the cub itself is dangerous, it could be a case of CuteButDeadly. See also PetBabyWildAnimal for plots about characters adopting a wild animal.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Season 2 starts off with Yoshika encountering an injured bear cub. While attempting to heal the cub, the mother shows up, not too happy. Fortunately, Yoshika is able to keep her cool long enough to save the cub, at which point the mother picks up the cub and wanders off. Yoshika promptly freaks out once the danger is gone.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* The ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic [[http://www.tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/closerthanabrother.htm "Closer Than a Brother"]] has this. Roy and John go camping with Roy's kids, and the boy, Chris,comes upon a bear cub. John takes the full attack to protect Him.
** The series this is part of (though you needn't read the rest to enjoy this one) has a human version. Even Roy's young son picks up on that Roy loves ajohn as a surrogate son, and several times, Roy even gets physical protecting John, who struggles with emotional issues and Asperger's in the series.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''AlphaAndOmega'', Humphrey plays with a bear cub and accidentally makes it cry. The cub's mama and two of her friends come along to make Humphrey pay for it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', when Marlin slaps away a baby jellyfish with his tail after it stings Dory, the swarm of adult jellyfish immediately start swimming toward them.
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': As soon as the baby ''T. rex'' was taken inside the trailer, it was ''inevitable'' that Mommy ''T. rex'' was going to come after it. And worse, Daddy ''T. rex'' was there, too.
* In ''Film/OldYeller'' it's a literal mama bear, when Arliss is playing around trying to catch the bear cub.
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Jiminy is being hassled by a little fish while in the ocean floor. He starts to shoo it away when its mother appears. Fortunately, she is scared away when he mentions [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Monstro the whale]].
* The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs in ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' turns out to be the gosling of a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever very large goose]]. [[spoiler:It's Humpty Dumpty's plan to let Mama thrash the town while he absconds with the baby and the eggs.]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' Jane encounters a cute little baby baboon which steals her journal. After Jane steals it back, the baby baboon starts crying calling the attention of its mother and the rest of its family.
* An interesting case occurs in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. When the coloniel marines are in the alien nest, the xenomorphs don't attack until a chestburster is torched.
* This happens in ''BrotherBear 2''...with a brother instead of a mother. When Koda gets chased up a tree, it only takes a roar from Kenai to realize that he's here to save Koda.
* ''{{Film/Apocalypto}}'': While fleeing from his pursuers, Jaguar Paw climbs up a tree only to find a mewing jaguar cub. [[GenreSavvy Realizing this is bad news]], he turns around to see its ''very'' ticked off mother. He immediately leaps from the tree, now having to flee the jaguar too. [[spoiler:Luckily for him, the jaguar intercepts the other chase and mistakes one of the pursuers for him. It kills one and slows down the others, buying time for Jaguar Paw to escape.]]
* An interesting variation is presented in ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII''. The G-Force find what they initially believe to be a pteranodon egg when the giant mutant pteranodon Rodan attacks them; they're able to escape only when Franchise/{{Godzilla}} shows up to attack Rodan. Then the egg hatches and produces a baby Godzillasaurus, which they speculate was a sort of parasite egg that had been sneaked into the Rodan nest; Rodan was defending it because it was basically his surrogate brother, while Godzilla was seeking to retrieve a fellow Godzillasaurus. Godzilla and Rodan [[EnemyMine team up]] to defeat Mechagodzilla and retrieve Godzilla Jr.; by the end of the film, Godzilla has adopted the infant.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000:'' The crew watch ''Film/CatchingTrouble'', in which outdoorsman Ross Allen captures wild animals for zoos. When Ross begins harassing some bear cubs, Joel and the 'bots begin wishing that mama bear would show up and attack.
* In ''SonsOfGuns'', Will tells Vince a story about going on a hiking trip, finding wild dog puppies, only to have Daddy come charging out of the bushes ready to attack his daughter.
* On the [[http://teamcoco.com/video/mtv-awards-baby April 9 2014 episode]] of 'Series/{{Conan}}', {{Conan O Brien}} showed off an MTV Movie Award trophy to promote the MTV Movie Awards airing the upcoming Sunday night- with him as host. When {{Sidekick}} Andy Richter grabs the trophy from Conan and starts playing with it, Conan warns Andy about upsetting his mother, and a human size MTV Movie Award (clearly someone in costume) arrives with a baseball bat.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens in ''WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' series. The characters find a cute creature, which turns out to be a cub of a giant forest sloth. Drow being drow, they assume that it must be a predator using its cute young as bait...
* In ''Literature/WhiteFang'', the titular wolf tries this when surrounded by humans for the first time. It backfires.
** It goes all over the place when White Fang catches a baby weasel. When he hurts it, the mother weasel comes out and catches the pup on the neck, trying to kill him. His yelps cause Kiche to come over and kill the weasel.
* Mike has this kind of encounter with a giant crocodile in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'', when he tries fishing in a pool full of baby crocodiles. She catches him in her jaws and signals that if he stops trying to fight she'll let him go, and she does so.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Shown a few times in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', particularly in one strip depicting a couple of kids playing catch with a baby bear. Using ''[[TooDumbToLive the bear as the ball]]''. With momma bear [[OhCrap approaching over the horizon]].

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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' module G1-3 ''Against the Giants''. In the "Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl" section (but not the original module) there's a picture of two adventurers with a polar bear cub. The male adventurer is looking at the cub, while the female adventurer is looking over her shoulder at the enraged female polar bear behind them.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', examining a bird's nest nets a bunch of PhoenixDown but also cues an encounter with a bird enemy - presumably the mother of the nesting eggs.
* In ''DinoCrisis 2'', Dylan and Regina happen on a nest of dead baby Triceratops at the same time the parents return to find their offspring had been killed, and they think you did it. Cue the miniboss battle.
* When attacked, the little Bulbords in the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' games may cry loud enough to awaken any nearby big Bulborbs.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', Fox finds a baby Lightfoot, and stops to talk to it. Tricky is uncomfortable with the situation, and with good reason: Fox is immediately pounced by several Lightfoot, though not for being near a Lightfoot baby. They're more concerned with accusing him of stealing the Fire Gem a Lightfoot tossed him to avoid being shot at. The baby was bait.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', part of the Seal Clubber's Nemesis side-quest involves beating up [[KillerRabbit baby hell-seals]] in order to bait the mother hellseals into coming out, so you can [[TwentyBearAsses collect parts from the mothers to make a disguise]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderBitterWork Bitter Work]]", Sokka finds a baby saber-toothed moose-lion cub, and inevitably its mama is near, and has to be fought off by Aang.
* One episode of ''TheWuzzles'' involves a baby [[MixAndMatchCritters brahma bullfinch]], an adorable little cow-bird creature whose mother happens to be a house-sized engine of destruction. An entire ''flock'' of them descends on Croc's house by the end of the episode, with predictable results.
* In one of the AdventuresInOdyssey videos, Dylan, Jessie, and Carter find a bear cub in the mountains and start fawning over it...only for the growling [[MamaBear mother grizzly]] to charge them.
* In the second ''TheLandBeforeTime'', the gang of dinosaur kids find an egg and, at first thinking it to be an egg from one of their parent's nests, carry the thing home. It turns out to be a Sharptooth (or T-Rex) egg, and the group starts trying to raise 'Chomper' - needless to say, [[spoiler: the parents come looking for him.]] Slightly subverted in this case, as the [[spoiler: Mama and Daddy actually end up helping the main characters, before taking their baby home.]] This arguably has some UnfortunateImplications about the [[WarpedAesop Aesop]] in this story, as the moral seems to be 'Try as you might to get along, some people are just too different.'
* The ''Mickey Mouse'' short The Little Whirlwind features Mickey being hassled by a tornado about his size while trying to do yardwork for Minnie. Soon after losing his temper and giving chase, it starts whistling for help, and a [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud gigantic tornado]] appears and destroys everything.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' had an episode with a visiting rock star wanting to film himself feeding a bear cub. Eliza tries to warn him of this trope, but [[WhatAnIdiot he refuses to listen]] which of course brings out an angry mother bear attacking the kids.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* This is seen in real life. Stories abound about people taking photographs of themselves with cute little baby animals--only to be attacked by the animal's mother. [[BearsAreBadNews Worst case scenario]]: literal MamaBear.
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