You Better See This: Most Hard - Working Moms In The Animal Kingdom
Gideon Kiplangat Siele
Dec. 03, 2020
This is one place humans might have to bench mark. Young animals from birth are often left to their moms to take care of them. This is in addition of everything they had to go through before birth. Here are some of those hard working females.
Giant pacific octopus
This one lays up to 71, 000 eggs and it does it in a deep cave or den. After this it has to painstakingly protect and care for them for seven months. By this I mean without leaving their side, not even to look for food. That is how much they are willing to sacrifice. They usually survive this period off food by living on fat and proteins already in their bodies. Sadly and unfairly, they often die from self - cannibalization.
Kangaroos case is completely unique. Babies are born prematurely at just 36 days and then they make their way into their mother's pouch where they remain for the remaining part of gestation. Due to the short initial developmental stage, Kangaroos often get pregnant in quick successions. Sometimes if they are carrying two joeys it has to produce two different types of milk at once to nourish the baby kangaroos.
This ones litter is anything between ten and twenty five babies. Sadly, they have only 13 nipples and therefore the rest of the babies often dies. This thirteen, which is a big number still, stays with their mother for upto 100 days. This is before riding on the mother's back.
Elephants have the longest gestation period at two years. At time of birth, their babies are also the largest of any land animal babies. The mother thus has to endure the gestation and the birthing process. Calves will then depend on their mothers for everything from feeding to protection for a period of up to three years. Luckily however, elephant moms do not have to rear their kids alone, they are helped by the entire herd.
Strawberry poison dart frog
The dart frog climbs heights for its kids. After laying eggs and the eggs hatch, She has to carry the tadpoles one by one to individuals pools of water, tiny though. This could be up to the top of the tallest trees of costa rican rainforest. She then has to feed the tadpoles with her own unfertilised eggs until they metamorphose to froglets.
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