In It for the Long Haul

Other an­i­mals have to wait around for a loooooooooonnnnngggg time to meet their young



A fe­male moose will look for a pri­vate spot to give birth after 250 days of preg­nancy. She might choose an is­land or a thicket (a spot in the for­est where there are plenty of trees) or an­other spot far away from preda­tors. There, she will give birth to one or two help­less calves. In the first month, these calves will gain more than half a kilo­gram in a day, and after only a few short days, they will be able to swim and run faster than a hu­man.


Nar­whals are preg­nant for 14 long months. Fi­nally, once the sum­mer ar­rives, fe­males will give birth to their calves one at a time. They’ll spend the next 20 months stick­ing pretty close to their moth­ers, fat­ten­ing up on their moth­ers’ milk. All that milk will help them gain the weight they need to sur­vive icy cold wa­ters.


Martens have pretty long preg­nan­cies, just like hu­mans. They might be preg­nant for eight or nine months, un­til the kits are ready to be born in March or April. Fe­male martens will give birth to be­tween two and six kits in a hol­low tree. The young are born blind and will spend the spring and sum­mer with their mother un­til they are ready to go it alone.a

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