Monday, May 6, 2013

Just for Fun - Animal Mom Facts - Elephants, Possums, Oysters and Whales - Oh My!!!

Elephants have the longest pregnancy
I've been sharing some Mom "trivia" I found on-line as we go through the week before Mother's Day, so I thought today it would be fun to share some animal mom fun facts! Did you know . . . 
  • Elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom at 22 months. The longest human pregnancy on record is 17 months, 11 days.
  • Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies at 16 days. The shortest human pregnancy to produce a healthy baby was 22 weeks, 6 days -- the baby was the length of a ballpoint pen.
  • female oyster produces 100 million young in her lifetime, the typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year, and it is possible for one female cat to be responsible for the birth of 20,736 kittens in four years.
  • Whale Calves nurse for 7 to 8 months and are weaned when they reach 52 feet (16 m) in length. At that time they weigh about 23 tons (20,900 kg). During the nursing period, calves consume 100 gallons of the fat-rich mother's milk each day. By comparison, human babies consume a little over 3 cups of their mother's milk on a daily basis.
So . . . did you know these things about animal moms? Which one do you think is the most interesting? I don't know if it is the most "interesting" to me or not, but I am very thankful people do not stay pregnant for 22 months!!!! :-)  

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