Families with multiple offspring are not uncommon in the animal kingdom, but some species fully deserve the “Birth Explosion of the Year” award. For example, axolotls can give birth to up to 500 pups at a time. And believe me, the species is not even the most “successful” of all portrayed in our post.
We admire the miracle of life and all the creatures responsible for it. A simple look at these animals and their babies will likely make you feel the same way.
#1. Seahorse – 2 thousand
Male seahorses are parents … exclusive! In fact, they are the ones who carry hundreds of puppies in a special pouch, until they are ready to hatch.
2. Axolote — 500
The axolotl larvae hatch with a supply of yolk in their bellies, which means that they don’t have to look for food right away. By the way, an axolotl remains in the form of a larva for the rest of its life (15 years or more).
3. Tenreque-wealthy – 32
The tenreque-acaudado, also known as tanreco, inhabit the tropical forests of Madagascar, Africa. These eccentric animals may have the largest litters among mammals!
4. Golden Hamster – 20
The babies golden hamsters, also known as Syrian hamsters are born hairless and remain blind for about 14 days. However, the little ones grow up fast and, with three weeks, already look like miniature versions of adults.
5. Coyote – 19
Coyotes are exemplary parents . Both the male and the female take care of their young. The coyote puppies grow to be as vocal as their parents and tend to practice their barks and yelps in August.
6. Emu — 15
Emus’ eggs are known for their enormous size and extraordinary dark green hue . The feathers of the emu puppies are covered in stripes, which keep them protected from the eyes of predators.
7. Fox – 12
Newborn foxes generally have by the gray or brown colors, which later can acquire red shades, silver, black or brown.
8. Raccoon – 7
When raccoon chicks are in danger, they make noises that resemble a child’s cry . A raccoon mother can attack any potential threat to her young, so it makes sense to look at baby raccoons from a safe distance, using binoculars.
9. Field Rat – 6
Field rats build their nests using moss, fabric, paper, leaves and other soft materials they can find . The chicks open their eyes on the sixth day of life and leave their nests at three weeks.
10. European rabbit – 5
Rabbits breastfeed their young once a day and spend only a few minutes feeding them. But the rabbit’s milk is so rich, that the blind pups become strong very quickly.
Which of these animal daddies and babies look especially tender to you? How many babies do you have or want to have in the future?
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