Top 5 Bizarre Animal Births You Don’t Wanna See


5 Most Extreme Animal Births You’ve Never
Seen Giving birth to the next generation is no
cake walk and you know this if you’ve ever been through it as a mother or waited outside
a maternity ward, listening to the nerve wrecking screams! It might be a little discomfort before the
biggest joy of your life but it comes with great physical and emotional turmoil. The process of giving birth can be an extreme
event for mothers or for fathers in case you are a sea horse! Above and beyond these jokes, motherhood comes
with its own set of challenges which begin with the birthing process and we salute all
the mothers in world for their sacrifice. You may know the pain the women in your life
have gone through but how about we peep into the animal kingdom? Hold your breath because here we present to
you the most extreme births in the animal kingdom! Number 1. Prehensile-tailed porcupine
One of the toughest births in the animal kingdom is that of a prehensile-tailed porcupine! This porcupine is found in Central and South
America with their most notable feature being their unspined prehensile tails. Coming to their birth, it comes with 2 extreme
events. Firstly, these porcupine babies are born fully
quilled. Giving birth to a lot of pricks is beyond
scary! Thankfully the quills are soft in the womb
but alas, they harden on exposure to air. Still giving birth can be difficult, especially
if the baby is born bottom first. If this is not enough, the second problem
arises which is the place of birth- tree. Confused? Even though people haven’t seen a porcupine
falling out of a tree, it happens often in the wild! Imagine you are a porcupine and you hang on
to a branch for dear life while the umbilicus comes off. Yikes! Number 2. Spotted hyenas
Of course you’ve heard about the laughing hyena, native to Sub-Saharan Africa, they
are in abundance! But it is ironic that an animal nicknamed
as laughing hyena has a tough time giving birth, in fact, a spotted hyena birth is not
for the faint hearts! It might sound really weird to you that high-ranking
female spotted hyenas expose their fetuses to high levels of androgen, a male sex hormone
linked to aggression during the final stages of pregnancy. As you may have already guessed, this extra
androgen makes the pups more aggressive, giving them an edge over their peers. But what you don’t know is that this little
exercise causes the mother’s genitalia to grow, in fact the clitoris which contains
the birth canal, can extend 7 inches and look like a penis. Giving birth through the penis, bizarre! But that’s not where the actual problem
lies, the birth canal is just an inch in diameter and a 12 pound pup can rip through the tissue
as it exits the mother. This is the reason for the high death rate
among first-time hyena mothers. Now you wouldn’t want to witness it, would
you? Number 3. Kiwi
Did you know that In proportion to its body size, New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird lays
the largest egg out of any bird on Earth? Now you’d want to compare it to its ancestors
of emu and ostrich but where an emu’s egg takes 2% of their mother’s body weight,
kiwi eggs take up almost 25%. Let’s shock you a bit more. It is believed that once upon a time kiwi
was as big as emu but evolution caused the bird to shrink in size. Even though it turned small, its egg did not,
now that’s unfair! Another shocking thing is that kiwi lays about
100 eggs a year and with that size, it must be hella painful! Every cloud has a silver lining and kiwi birth
problems live this saying to the max! The size of kiwi’s egg might be too big
for the bird but it has an advantage- the bigger yolk in the egg means that the chick
will be well-nourished and the mother won’t have to invest much after it hatches! Now you know why they bear this pain! Number 4. Tasmanian devil
You should feel lucky that you are not a female Tasmanian devil! This carnivore marsupial found in the wild
on the island of Tasmania is the size of a small dog. But you aren’t interested in all that so
we’ll move to the mating which by the way is tough for the females! Now during the mating season, a female may
mate with many males and is therefore capable of giving birth to many young, some of which
may have been fathered by different males. And the males tend to guard their female till
9 days after copulation to increase his chances of fathering a majority of the litter. During guarding the males don’t let the
females eat for the remainder of the mating period, which can last up to 2 weeks. The poor female needs to be healthy before
she mates otherwise she won’t survive this starvation and if she wants to escape, she’ll
have to fight her guard! Oh we forgot to tell you that the love making
is also devoid of any love because the males drag their mate to the den and make her submissive
of him to reproduce. Now if we talk about the birthing, up to 50
pups are born at a time and move to their mother’s pouch where only 4 nipples can
feed them. You guessed it right, they have to fight each
other for the food which leads to the starvation of all but 4 pups! Number 5. Desert spider
If we could give away the “Mum of the Year” award among different species, we would give
it to the desert spider every year! We mean how selfless and sacrificing can a
mother get? We know most mothers can do anything for their
babies but for the desert spider this anything means to allow her hundreds of babies to dissolve
her inside out so that they can feast on her nutritious body for survival. This gruesome process is called matriphagy
where the babies crawl to the mother’s head, trying to get at the liquid oozing from her
face. They eventually find the source of the liquid
and pierce her abdomen with their mouths, allowing them to eat their mother’s liquefied
guts. Why does she do this? Well, the mother desert spider sacrifices
herself as prey to her babies to wake up their hunting skills which are essential for their
survival in the big world! Which of these extreme animal births shocked
you the most? Tell us in the comment section below. Subscribe to our channel if you liked this
video. And while you’re here, check out our other
videos and tell us what you think of them. You can also find us on twitter, Facebook
and Instagram. Thanks for watching.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *