3 Unexpected Ways Animals Give Birth

3 Unexpected Ways Animals Give Birth


Thought humans had it bad
when popping out a kid? Here are three crazy
ways animals give birth. Number one– hyenas–
females run the show in the hyena
hierarchy, which is why they have an elongated clitoris
known as a pseudo penis. Female hyenas use this member
to urinate, mate, and even give birth. But running around with a fake
penis isn’t all fun and games. Giving birth through
a penis-like clitoris increases the risk
that some of the cubs will inevitably suffocate
during the birth process. Number two– giraffes–
mama giraffes are pregnant for 15 months. These moms typically return to
their birthplace to give birth, but they don’t get comfortable. Instead, they remain
standing, letting their calf fall
almost two meters before slamming into the
ground on their head. Despite this abrupt
entry into the world, the calves are up
and walking around within two hours of birth. Number three– the Surinam toad. These moms first
release their eggs to be fertilized by a male, then
has them pushed onto her back. Over the next few days, the
eggs will fuse into her, making a honeycomb
structure that eventually
encapsulates the eggs. After the eggs hatch,
the toad babies continue to live under
their mother’s skin until they’re ready to set
out into the real world. At this point, the toadlets
push through the mother’s skin, pop out of their
craters, and head for their new life in the water. If you want to learn some
more freaky animal facts, watch this episode
on albino animals. Albino animals often
have eyesight problems. And it’s true that
they may not be able to camouflage themselves
from predators, but aside from looking snazzy, sometimes
that works to their advantage. Thank you for watching
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