The Beauty Of The Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom is indeed a beautiful place but can also be a very dangerous place to live in. This is especially true for smaller animals as well as for animals that find themselves to be at the bottom of the food chain. Due to this fact, most of the animals are very careful with the way they conduct themselves, where they go hunting, how they hunt and who they hunt with. One slight mistake can literally cost you your life therefore as an animal you must constantly be on the lookout for yourself, your family and especially your offspring(s). Take a journey with Nadine Gourkow as she demonstrates the special traits in certain animals when it comes to their motherly relationships.
Meerkat, The Stakhanovist!
This tiny mammal of about 700 g, living in the desert, is a very prolific mother as she is able to give birth to three to seven cubs, up to four times a year. She even has the unique ability to provoke her delivery in order to give birth at the same time as the other females within her group. This practice prevents the interference that could be caused by the migration of her group. Her cubs will then stay in their burrow about twenty days, well protected by their super mom until she is ready to go out and actually hunt for them.
The Squirrel Monkey, The Great Educator
This little monkey from the Amazon, also called Saïmiri, weighs between 500 to 800 g. What is very incredible is that after only five to six months the baby that she gives birth to will weigh 100 g already. She is a real sumo, with regard to her size and the size of her baby as she carries the baby o her back until the baby is big enough to stand. The babies are very well developed at birth, therefore they can protect themselves from predators. The mother will then speed up their education, which lasts about three months, and will even benefit from training the young females in their future role as mothers.
The Elephant And Her Incredible Attachment
The elephant mothers are so close to their little ones that they actually keep them by their side (especially the female babies) for the most part of their existence. The baby males, are usually destined to be solitary as they leave the group around ten years old. Elephant groups are therefore real gynaeceums composed mainly of grandmothers, mothers and even their granddaughters. They are extremely supportive one with another; the group will sometimes even put their own lives at risk in order to save one of their own family members. They are very family oriented and have each other’s back!
The Hippopotamus, The Great Protector
The female has nothing when it comes to solitary. She will leave the group for forty days to give birth to her baby and give the baby enough time to grow, away from the males of the clan as they can sometimes be of danger to the new one. The birth will take place in shallow water; the mother then brings her baby back to the surface by using her snout to pick the baby up thanks to their flat head. The baby hippo will then spend a lot of time on the back of his or her mother and will only go to the water only to suck.