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