Do you think you can guess which kinds of animal species carry their babies for the most days or months? How about those who carry them for the shortest amount of time? This is an intriguing and interesting thing to fathom, isn't it? That's why we created a fun quiz to show you some of these interesting facts from the animal kingdom.
To expound on the concept, gestation period means the length that an animal carries its fetus inside of it. Once the creature is fertilized, the gestation period begins, and the fetus develops. Some develop faster than the others. It often depends on their size and structure as a species.
We know - and we hope - that humans all know our regular gestation period. Just check with any parents you may know! But you will be surprised to learn that there are many kinds of animals who can have longer gestation period for their young, and then there are also those who can just carry their young for such a very short time. You'll be amazed to find out which is which.
So, are you ready to test this knowledge with us? Then come and get this quiz, now!
A human's regular gestation period is about nine months. But premature births can happen during the 7th or 8th month, wherein the baby needs to be placed in an incubator to help it survive outside the womb at first.
Imagine being pregnant for 22 months. Yep, that two-year thing is a reality for elephants!
The opossum carries its baby for 12-15 days only. Such a short time of gestation!
Dog breeders know that pups comes out after 55-65 days. So better expect that.
A new kitty comes out after 63 to 67 days in the mum's womb. Often, they have multiple siblings.
After 15-20 days, a hamster could already give birth. Given their small stature, perhaps this is just right.
A rabbit will produce its offspring after 25 to 35 days. Yep, it's also that fast in that department!
After about 110-115 days, a new king of the jungle emerges out of a lioness. Oh, perhaps they just can't wait to be king, eh Simba?
A baby kangaroo is called a joey. Joeys come out after 30-40 days.
Gorillas could be almost human, with their 8.5 months of gestation. Ain't that something!
Baby giraffes will just pop out after 14 to 15 months. And they'll just literally drop to the ground, as their mums are in a standing position when giving birth.
A calf comes out after 9.6 months in the mother's womb. That's almost like humans!
Piglets enter the world after 110 to 115 days. That's relatively short.
A panda's baby is called a cub. Cubs come out after 95-160 days of gestation.
Gerbils come out after 25 days of gestation. I'm sure humans would love that, too!
A baby reindeer is also called a calf. Calves come out after about eight months of gestation.
Around eight months is enough time for a baby polar bear to come out. They're also cubs, and they only weigh around one pound when they come out.
Alvin, Simon and Theodore could already start harmonizing after 30 to 35 days. That's the average gestation period for chipmunks.
A sheep's baby is called a lamb. The lambs come out after five months inside the tummy of their mummy.
Around six months' time is enough for a baboon to give birth. That's their average gestation period.
A baby walrus is also called a cub. They come out after 15 months' gestation period.
A baby camel comes out after 13-14 months. Perhaps the desert extends that gestation period?
A rhinoceros comes out after about 15 months. That's quite a long time, compared to humans.
Donkeys have to be patient with long pregnancy periods. They get relieved after 12-14 months.
Are the spikes a challenge? After more than 200 days, a baby emerges out of a porcupine.
A baby bear can be hugged by the mama bear after 7.3 months. That's their average gestation period.
Sharks have a mighty long pregnancy! They can carry their young for 2 to 3.5 years, depending on the species!
After 11 or 12 months, a pregnant horse gives birth. Such a yearly relief!
Is it the water? Dolphins can carry their young for as long as 17 months.
A typical beaver has a gestation period of 105-107 days. After that, it's back to business...
Is it the stripes? Zebras can have pregnancies that last for as long as 12 to 13 months.
The baby chimpanzee comes out after eight months. It's a matter of days before it's ready to swing.
The strange-looking anteater is a mammal, like humans. It carries its fetus for 180-200 days, or roughly seven months.
A baby goat is a kid. A kid comes out of the momma goat after 145-155 days.
Like the lioness, a leopardess gives birth after 90-100 days. These cubs better behave!
Did you know that baby weasels are called kittens, too? They pop out of the momma after ten months, including a delayed implantation in the uterus.
A raccoon's young is called a kit. Kits come out of their mommas after 60-70 days.
Female cheetahs give birth after 90 to 100 days. Their cubs can now play with their other jungle cat peeps.
A tigress is mature at three to four years. Its normal gestation period lasts for 100-110 days.
What's a mere 75-80 days for a meerkat to give birth? That's enough, isn't it?