Also I hate it when people attribute Samus saving the baby Metroid to ‘maternal instinct’ like if you were a dude and you saw a half-starved kitten at the side of the road you’d have to be pretty heartless to just leave it there right? That’s not your maternal instinct, that’s your “oh, a thing is alone and probably going to die if I don’t get it help” kindness. Also if you are a loving mother you’d have to be pretty insane to give your beloved child to a bunch of strangers to do experiments on it, made even worse by not even staying at the place yourself. Therefore Other M is nonsense. Sure she could be shocked and sad because it suddenly turned out the Super Metroid was more intelligent than maybe she thought it was and it died to save her but she was never feeling motherly towards it. She’s probably a lot more devastated about the fact that the planet she grew up on blew to smithereens and she couldn’t do anything about it.
And anyway, I know we say pets are our “babies” and raise them with dedication but in all seriousness are there any humans who would seriously treat something with the intelligence of a cat or dog or something as their own offspring? Could we even seriously be like that with something as intelligent as a chimpanzee or gorilla? No, so why would she be like that with a Metroid? (Raised by aliens is not an excuse because they were sentient aliens)