Friday, 5 September 2014

Interesting Photos of Animals in the Womb (28 Photos)

We’ve all seen what human babies look like in the womb, well, most of us anyways but have you ever wondered what animals looked like in the womb?

The  amazing embryonic images of unborn animals are said not to be exactly real but rather were created for a National Geographic documentary combining the use of dimensional ultrasound scans, tiny cameras and computer graphics.

1. Dolphin

Baby dolphins are born with whiskers on their upper jaw, this calf will be in its mothers womb for up to 12 months and will spend months, even years, swimming close to mum before becoming independent.

2. Elephant

Baby elephants remain in their mothers womb for up to 2 years! Elephants will commonly not try again at having children for over 4 years. This baby elephant can weigh up to 120kg post-birth and is able to stand and walk quite easily due to how long it spends in gestation.

3. Shark

Sharks are similar to mammals in how they reproduce, however one key difference is that Tiger Sharks are ovoviviparous. Their eggs are hatched internally with baby Tiger Sharks being born live once fully developed.

4. Emperor Penquin

Penguins spend 64 consecutive days holding their egg inside a brooding pouch, fasting for long periods of time and taking great risk with malnutrition to provide for their young. You can see baby Penguins are born with some feathering and weight to provide protection from the cold.

5. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas can often have great difficulty in giving birth with c-sections being common procedures to help pass a litter. Newborns take a few days to open their eyes and ears, they are very small and delicate while young.

6. Cheetah

This young cub will take 90 to 98 days before coming out of its mothers womb.

7. Snake

While most snakes lay eggs some species such as Boa Constrictors and some Anacondas nourish their young via placenta and yolk sac, this adaptation is uncommon among reptiles. Baby snakes use an ‘egg tooth’ to break away from it’s mother protective membrane.

8. Opossum

9. Lemon Shark

10. Polar Bear

11. Horse

Source: Herbeat

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