10 Most AMAZING Births In The Animal Kingdom!
- Published on: 3/8/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From mothers keeping babies in their mouths to males carrying eggs, here are 10 incredible births in the animal kingdom.
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10. African Cichlid
It’s understandable -- natural, even -- that parents want to keep their children safe from danger. But the African cichlid takes protective parenting at least one step beyond the norm.
9. Longest Brooding Period
Several years ago, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) began observing a female deep-sea octopus off the central California coast. For four-and-a-half years, they watched her guard her eggs roughly 4,600 feet (1,400 meters) below the water’s surface.
Who would have thought about centipedes, right? At first glance, there’s nothing remarkable about centipede reproduction. Like many insects, most of them lay eggs, however some species do have live births. Most male centipedes will perform a little mating dance to impress the female. They produce a spermatophore for the female to take, or simply leave it behind for her to find.
7. Naked Mole Rat
This creature just keeps coming up for so many reasons. They have super weird teeth that move like chopsticks, they are clearly quite ugly, and they do not feel pain. But it gets even weirder!! The queen of a naked mole rat colony is its only reproductive female. Like a queen bee.
6. Egg-Laying Mammals
Duck-billed platypuses are an ancient mammal known as a monotreme and one of two mammals who lay eggs as opposed to giving birth. A female platypus burrows and seals herself into an underground tunnel on the riverbank when she’s ready to have offspring. There, she lays one of two eggs.
5. A Birth
In December 2001, a female hammerhead shark gave birth at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The miraculous thing was that there were no male members of her species in the tank, and she hadn’t been near a male hammerhead in over three years. So how did this happen?
4. Baby-Carrying Males
The seahorse is the only creature that truly experiences a male pregnancy. Its procreative process begins with a couple of seahorses dancing in the morning as a way to gauge one another’s reproductive quality, while clinging to underwater vegetation and intertwining their little tails.
3. One Big Egg
New Zealand’s kiwi bird lays the largest egg in proportion to its body size of any bird on Earth, with one egg amounting to about a quarter of the mother’s weight. This flightless avian species is about the size of a chicken, yet its egg is around ten times the size of a chicken egg, and it lays up to 100 of them annually.
Unlike many mammals and other creatures, dolphins lack a designated breeding season. They can reproduce at any time with little rhyme or reason to the process.
The gestation period is kind of long, roughly a year, after which a 25-40 pound (11-18 kg), four-foot (1.2 meter) long calf is born tail-first underwater.
1. A Standing Delivery
After a 14 to 15 month pregnancy, a female giraffe delivers a 100 to 150 pound (45-68 kg), six-foot (1.8 meters) tall calf. Usually, the baby’s hooves exit first, followed by its nose and head. On average, labor takes just 30 to 60 minutes total.
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