AUG 26, 2018 6:45 PM PDT

These Are the Most Extreme Babies in the Animal Kingdom

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Think you had it hard as a baby? Ha! Think again. Human babies have it easy compared to some of the animal kingdom’s most extreme.

Barnacle goose hatchlings, for example, jump off the edge of treacherous cliffs just days after birth to find food. Many are injured or killed during the leap, while only the lightest survive the fall.

Marine iguanas are another great example. After the babies hatch from their eggs, they leave the underground burrows created by their mothers. Upon emerging, wild snakes threaten to eat them, and only those fast enough run away and survive.

Baby greater guinea pigs are also rather extreme because they mature so quickly. These babies can give birth to their own young as soon as one month after birth. Furthermore, babies are born with furry bodies and open eyes from the moment they emerge.

But that’s not all; braconid wasp babies are also rather extreme in this sense. Mothers lay their eggs underneath the skin of caterpillars, enabling the offspring to hatch inside the caterpillar and devour it from the inside out.

And finally, you might consider the sand tiger shark to be a valuable addition to this list. The mother copulates with several males at a time, and each one fertilizes her many eggs. Intriguingly, some of the eggs mature faster than others, and the most mature frequently feast on the least mature before ever being born.

Thank goodness human babies never have to deal with any of this stuff.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 27, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Pheromone Molecule at the Center of Global Locusts Crisis
AUG 27, 2020
Pheromone Molecule at the Center of Global Locusts Crisis
Since earlier this year, agriculture and food production in the developing world have been taking heavy damages from an ...
SEP 24, 2020
Plants & Animals
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Sets New Diving Record
SEP 24, 2020
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Sets New Diving Record
Marine mammals are uniquely adapted to dive to incredible depths. New research from Duke University Marine Laboratory do ...
OCT 25, 2020
Neuroscience
Chimps Shift to Reciprocated Friendships with Age
OCT 25, 2020
Chimps Shift to Reciprocated Friendships with Age
Image: Pixabay   Researchers studying aging male chimpanzee relationships have gathered evidence that chimps narrow ...
NOV 16, 2020
Cancer
Fingerprinting Ginger Extracts and Testing Their Anti-Cancer Abilities
NOV 16, 2020
Fingerprinting Ginger Extracts and Testing Their Anti-Cancer Abilities
Modern medicine relies on careful study and isolation of compounds or proteins, but many studies point to natural herbal ...
JAN 23, 2021
Microbiology
Host Vouchering & How Can It Improve Pandemic Response
JAN 23, 2021
Host Vouchering & How Can It Improve Pandemic Response
About a year ago, I wrote about the virus that would come to be known as SARS-CoV-2 for the first time. And while we've ...
JAN 12, 2021
Technology
Artificial Intelligence Identifies Superspeed Insects
JAN 12, 2021
Artificial Intelligence Identifies Superspeed Insects
Artificial Intelligence (AI) are now being used by researchers to help identify insects with supernatural speed. Such te ...
Loading Comments...