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Published 2018-03-09
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8 Future mothers of the animal world

Pregnancy, giving life to a being within you, is one of the most natural characteristics of women and females in the animal world. A human being waits 9 months to be born, all the senses of the mother are sharpened and when she gives birth they become all a beast to take care of that small being that is a replica of her gene. Animals have different gestation times but the nature of taking care of their babies is exactly the same as ours.

We owe a lot to our mothers. They carry us in their womb for many months before they give birth and care about us for the rest of our lives. The mothers of the human being have a relatively long gestation time compared to the rest of the animal kingdom but some have an exaggerated time of gestation that you could not imagine, so here we will show you some examples. Continue to learn more!

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1. Leopard

The first of which we will mention is the leopard, which belongs to the feline family. Imagine a giant and soft domestic cat. The colors and spots are so unique that they are similar to human fingerprints. They are predators that ambush and stalk their prey, their diet is usually of animals with warm blood. They stalk from 3 to 10 meters and if they fail, they will chase their victim until they finally reach it.

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The females are able to get pregnant in their second year of life and reproduce litters of one to three puppies after a period of 100 days of gestation (3 and a half months). Babies weigh around 500 grams. During the first two months, the mother keeps the puppies hidden in dense thickets or tree trunks. After 6 to 8 weeks, they venture out of hiding and by that time they already have the ability to climb trees. They stay with the mother for almost 22 months, but only half of them survive to adulthood.

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2. Gorillas

One of the most imposing apes can be reproduced when it is in its adult stage, that is, at 10 or 12 years of age, the gestation period is from 8 to 9.5 months and they have around 3 babies in their entire lives. The offspring weighs 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms at birth. They learn to crawl at 2 months and walk at 9 months. The little ones stay with their mothers for the time of around 3 or 4 years.

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3. Elephants

The next ones are the elephants. Their life expectancy is 60 to 70 years but usually, they only have 2 to 4 puppies at that time. They have the longest gestation period of all mammals, carrying their babies for almost 2 years before giving birth! This period of development is normal in highly intelligent animals. Being the largest in the world, so is your brain. An interesting fact is that when the mother is having the baby, the other members of her herd form a circle to protect her.

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This animal holds the absolute record among terrestrial animals with a later period of pregnancy, by which newborns weigh almost 120 kilograms. The females of elephants suckle their young for 3 to 4 years. These mammals are born with a very advanced level of brain development, which they use to recognize the complex social structure of the herd and to feed on their tubes. Imagine having to wait for your baby for 2 years and breastfeed for another 4!

4. Camels

The next one is the camel. The females mature at approximately 3 or 4 years of age and are ready to reproduce. The gestation period is from 370 to 405 days. The size of the baby depends on their parents, but in general, it is 1.37 cm from the floor to the hump, which at the beginning may be smooth but will appear over time. They weigh around 45 to 50 kilograms and stand up just 30 minutes after birth.

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5. Giraffe

The next ones are the giraffes, which have a gestation period of 400 to 460 days. Despite being the longest animal on land, they give birth on foot; so the baby needs to be tall enough to cushion the long fall (which normally breaks the embryo's pocket). Usually, they return to the place where they were born to give birth to their calf. They can start walking in a matter of half an hour and run in 10. They sleep from 10 minutes to 2 hours per day and do not need more. It can measure up to 175 cm and weigh 50 kilograms.

6. Whales

Whales have much in common with land animals (they need to breathe air, which they get on the surface of the water) they give birth to their babies just like any mammal. The gestation period, depending on the species, is 10 to 18 months. An interesting fact is that, to show their youth, they do acrobatics to show their dominant side among them. Some other species sing to attract the couple. Many whales migrate to give birth while others stay in their natural habitat. Their life expectancy varies between 80 years and 200, depending on the species.

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7. Macaque

The females reach puberty at the age of 3 years and the gestation period is 164 days. The macaques live mainly in Asia, they nurse their young for 6 to 12 months and carry them on their backs when they need to move to another place. After the baby's first year of life, they develop their locomotor skills and can move independently. At the time of birth, the mother takes care of them but it is normal for the relatives of the mother to give her a hand in the first months of life.

8. Suricate

The next ones are the meerkats, which have a pregnancy period of 10 weeks and give birth to litters of 3 to 7 puppies. The first 4 days are extremely dangerous and some offspring are killed by other pregnant females who want to increase the chances of survival of their own. Their approximate weight is 100 grams and they stay in the burrow with "babysitters". The puppies begin to look for food with the group at the age of 3 to 4 weeks.

Many humans complain because they have to wait for their baby to be born in 9 months, what would they do if they had to wait 15 months or 2 years?

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