Thursday, 8th March 2018
8 March 2018

Animals and their young ones

Animals and their young ones

  • Ferret and kit
    Ferret and kit
    errets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years, long before our common house cats. They have been captively bred for good temperament over the centuries. They were introduced into the U.S. for rodent control in the 1600's. Ferrets (Mustela furo) are common but unconventional pets.The gestation period for a pregnant ferret is typically about six weeks -- 38 to 44 days. The average ferret litter has about eight kits, who are born without fur and with closed eyes and ears. Their fur will begin to grow in after about a day. They will nurse continuously.
  • Elephant and calf
    Elephant and calf
    The elephant is Earth's largest land animal, although the Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African cousin. Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears. A baby elephant is called a calf. Like all mammals the babies feed off their mother's milk. They are hairy and usually are between two and three feet tall.
  • Donkey and colt
    Donkey and colt
    Donkeys were supposedly domesticated around 5000 years ago in the north east of Africa from the Somali wild ass. The domestication if donkeys soon spread across the globe, with people mainly using the donkeys to help carry heavy loads and transport goods long distances. A donkey is pregnant for anything between 10 months and 14 months (but 10 a month foal is not premature), a fact which often surprises even veterinarians, few of whom are real experts on donkeys and usually gives birth to a single colt
  • Dog and pup
    Dog and pup
    Dogs were probably the first tame animals. They have accompanied humans for some 10,000 years. Some scientists assert that all dogs, domestic and wild, share a common ancestor in the small South Asian wolf. regnancy (or the gestation period) in bitches normally ranges from 58 to 65 days with an average of 65 days. Individuals may vary but you should inform your veterinarian should your bitch exceed 65 days and the number of pups vary form 2 to 12
  • Deer and fawn
    Deer and fawn
    Deer are also one of the State's oldest native wildlife, once existing alongside saber-toothed cats and woolly mammoths. An adult doe usually has twins in the spring. In areas where there is sufficient food, shelter and water and an absence of predation (human or otherwise), deer tend to have high reproductive potential and populations can increase quickly.
  • Coyote and whelp
    Coyote and whelp
    A coyote looks a little like a collie dog, and indeed, coyotes are members of the dog family, Canidae. Their rounded, bristly tails are usually held straight and aligned slightly below the plane of their backs. The female bears one litter of three to nine puppies a year, usually in April or May when food is abundant. The gestation period is from 63 to 65 days.
  • Cheetah and cub
    Cheetah and cub
    The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds! A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter, but cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year.
  • Cow and calf
    Cow and calf
    Cows are raised for many reasons including: milk, cheese, other dairy products, also for meat such as beef and veal and materials such as leather hide. In older times they were used as work animals to pull carts and to plow fields. The mean gestation period of a cow is between 279 and 290 days. The bond between a cow and her calf is very strong and continues after the calf is fully grown. In non-commercial herds, some cows will nurse their calves for up to 3 years.
  • Cat and kitten
    Cat and kitten
    Cats are one of, if not the most, popular pet in the world.There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world.Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10000 years.Cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to14 hours a day. The gestation period for a cat is typically from 57 to 69 days, with the average of 63 to 64 days. Litter size can vary from one to eight kittens with the average litter size of two to five kittens. Female cats can have up to three litters a year.
  • Camel and calf
    Camel and calf
    Camels are ship of the desert. Camels were domesticated more than 3,000 years ago, and to this day, humans depend on them for transport across arid environments. After a gestation of 12 to 14 months, a newborn camel is able to walk beside the mother within half an hour.
  • Bison and calf
    Bison and calf
    These massive animals, characterized by their long, shaggy brown coats, have poor eyesight but acute hearing and an excellent sense of smell. Mating Season: June-September, peak activity in July-AugustGestation: 270-285 days. Calf is born April-May.Litter size: 1 calf
  • Beaver and kitten
    Beaver and kitten
    Beavers are more than intriguing animals with flat tails and lustrous fur. Beavers prefer to dam streams in shallow valleys, where the flooded area becomes productive wetlands. Beavers rarely overpopulate because they breed only once a year
  • Bear and cub
    Bear and cub
    Most of these bear species live in the northern hemisphere, being the only exception the spectacled bear who lives in South America. All the other species can be found in North America, Asia and Europe. Gestation period 63 to 70 days. 1-6 cubs; 2 cubs are most common. Cubs remain with the mother for a year and a half or more, even though they are weaned at 6-8 months of age.
  • Bat and pup
    Bat and pup
    Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts. Gestation: 40 days - 6 months (bigger bats have longer gestation periods)Litter Size: Mostly one pup Offspring typically are cared for in maternity colonies, where females congregate to bear and raise the young.
  • Badger and kit
    Badger and kit
    Badgers are stoutly built, powerful and cantankerous carnivores. There are eight species of badger ranging across several continents including North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The entire pregnancy takes about 7 months from fertilization to delivery. Females give birth deep inside their burrows to 2 to 5 cubs. The newborns are blind and only very finely furred, and completely dependent on their mother.
  • Baboon and infant
    Baboon and infant
    A baby baboon is called an infant. A baboon infant weighs approximately 2 pounds when born. Baby baboons are dependent on their mothers after birth. A female baboon gives birth after a gestation period of about 6 months. Baboons typically give birth to one infant at a time.
  • Armadillo and pup
    Armadillo and pup
    All of the 20 existing armadillo species live in the Western Hemisphere, but only one -- the nine-banded armadillo -- lives in the United States. The rest reside in Central or South America The gestation period ranges from 60 days in large hairy armadillos to four months in giant armadillo and nine-banded armadillos . At the end of their gestation period, female armadillos give birth to between one and 12 young, depending on their species, but usually between one and three.
  • Ape and baby
    Ape and baby
    Apes are found in the tropical forests of western and central Africa and Southeast Asia. Apes are distinguished from monkeys by the complete absence of a tail and the presence of an appendix and by their more complex brains. Apes have offspring much like humans. They have live births after a gestation period of around eight and a half to nine months and typically give birth to only one or two babies at a time. They also breastfeed their young for an extending amount of time, like humans.
  • Antelope and calf
    Antelope and calf
    The antelope is a deer-like mammal found in Africa, Asia and parts of the Americas. After mating, female antelopes give birth to a single calf or, more rarely, twins, after a gestation period that can last up to eight months The calf comes to its mother when she calls it, and once fed, the calf will hide away again.
  • Alpaca and cria
    Alpaca and cria
    Alpacas are domesticated versions of vicuñas, South American ruminants that live high in the Andes. Alpacas are related to the llama. The female alpaca has a gestation period of 242 to 345 days and gives birth to just one offspring . The baby alpaca, called a cria, weighs 18 to 20 lbs. (8 to 9 kg) when it is born. The cria is weaned at 6 to 8 months.



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