Life is full of wonders and giving birth is one of the miracles of God. In animals, there are many strange ways where babies are born. Some come from males, some from the female. The process of laying and hatching eggs varies widely.

Here are 7 of the strangest types of an animal giving births.

  1. Giraffes

Giraffes have a gestation period for 14 to 15 months. Giraffes give birth to their baby white standing so that baby’s lengthy body won’t get damaged. Surprisingly, the fall can be of six feet but the baby jeff doesn’t get hurt. two-meter fall from their mother’s womb to the ground below doesn’t hurt baby giraffes, but it helps the giraffe's umbilical cord break tearing the amniotic sack.

2. Hyena

The female hyenas go through risky labour process where they need to give birth through their pseudo-penis.  The birth canal is only an inch in diameter it makes the birth process more risky and dangerous. This is the reason where about 60% of the cubs suffocate on their way out and they die.

 3. Platypus

We all know mammals give birth to their young ones but surprisingly there are few mammals that lay eggs platypus is one of them. Females build a burrow and lay their eggs. A mother typically produces one or two eggs and keeps them warm by her tail. The eggs hatch in about ten days and the mother take care for three to four months until the babies learn to swim.

 4. Seahorse

Seahorses and their close relatives the pipefish and the seadragons are the animals where males reproduce. The birth of babies is quite interesting. The females put their eggs on the male pouch and become relax. Once the eggs are safely inside, the males add their sperm and shut the opening and then develop baby sea horses.

5. Darwin's frog

Charles Darwin discovered this frog on his voyage. The female Darwin's frog lays up to forty eggs among the leaf litter. The male guards them for about three to four weeks until the developing embryos begin to move, and then he ingests the eggs and holds them in his vocal sac.

 6. Cichlids

Cichlids are from the large fish family. Their reproduction is totally different. They reproduce from the mouth when the male fish puts the fertilized eggs in his mouth and keep till it gets hatched. This is a period when male fish unable to eat. Sometimes even female fish carry eggs and scoop out. This process is called mouthbrooding.

 7. Flatworms

Flatworms have both male and female sex flatworms which are hermaphroditic (having both male and female sex organs) The worm can fertilize its own eggs with sperm from its body. Flatworms can reproduce from its own body sometimes it can also reproduce by splitting off its own body and allow the second worm to grow.


About The Author

Ashwin Chandra is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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