The reporter and producer Peter Chinn from the National Geographic Channel is the one responsible for the amazing series “In The Womb: Extreme Animals”, which, with the help of ultrasound examinations in 3D, computer graphics, and nano special cameras, can give us some amazing and incredible images of baby animals during their time in the womb. From snakes to elephants, this series is memorable not only because of the simple fact that it’s pretty cute to see a baby animal inside the womb with so many great details, but because it is something that has never been done before. So, it goes without saying that it’s extremely fascinating to see such a special and beautiful moment of nature. Here’s a selection of some of his best photos and videos. Enjoy!
Dolphins stay in the wombs of their mothers for up to 12 months, but after they are born, they spend months or even years in some cases, swimming close to their mother before becoming totally independent.
Elephant cubs remain in their mother’s wombs for up to two years, and weigh up to 120kg. Unlike many animals, they are able to stand and walk easily just a short time after they are brought into the world.
While most snakes develop inside eggs, some species like pythons and anacondas have bellies and their cubs develop inside their body, which is something very unusual among reptiles. When they are born, snake babies use an ‘egg tooth’ to break through the protective membrane.
Kangaroos have a relatively long gestation period compared to other marsupials, ranging from about 31 to 36 days. The mother assists the newly-born into the pouch through pouch cleaning and birth posture.
Viviparous sharks carry the embryos through the entire gestation period and give birth to live shark pups, similar to how mammals give birth. Embryos are attached to their mother by a yolk sac placenta, which is how they receive their nutrition.
Cheetah cubs stay in their mother’s womb for 90 to 98 days. As babies, they are incredibly cute, and look very much like domestic cats at a young age.
Mother penguins spend 64 consecutive days holding their babies within a gestational bag. They stay without food for long periods of time, at great risk of malnutrition, just to keep their growing babies well-fed at all times.
Horses are one of the most strong and beautiful animal in wildlife, without a doubt. To be brought into the world, they are carried inside their mother’s womb for 11 months.
#9 Little Horse
Here’s another amazing view of this little baby horse inside a mare’s womb. It’s so fantastic to be able to catch such a rare glimpse of wildlife at this stage of their lives.
#10 Lemon Shark
Lemon shark pups have almost translucent skin, and look very much like squid. They remain in the wombs of their mothers for up to one year, and are then born in shallow water areas where they can live for several years before venturing into deeper waters.
Opossums have a very interesting way to generate babies – they are pretty much born twice. The gestation period lasts from 12 to 14 days, and at the end, the babies gently move into a bag located in their mother’s womb, where they remain for 125 days before being brought into the world properly.
Newborn dogs take a few days to open their eyes and beginning to hear. In the case of Chihuahuas (like the puppy below), they often find great difficulty in birth due to their small size. The puppies are very small and delicate.
Here’s one of the most rare creatures to see in their gestation period – a bat. In the case of this unique animal, the gestation period varies depending on the exact species. It can be anything from 40 days to 8 months.
#14 Polar Bear
These two adorable polar bear cubs remain in their mother’s womb for eight months. During this gestation period, mothers tend to double their body weight, going up to around 200kg in such a short space of time.
#15 Polar Bear Cub
Polar bear cubs are born with a thin layer of skin, and stay close to their mothers for many weeks after the birth.
#16 Emperor Penguin
After 64 days in the mother’s womb, emperor penguin babies are born with a certain weight and amount of feathers that provide the necessary protection against the cold.
Kittens tend to be born from the 63rd day to the 69th in a normal birth, but Siamese cats may carry their kittens for 71 days. However, if kittens are born before the 60th day, they usually won’t be healthy enough to survive.
#18 Extraordinary Animals In The Womb
Here’s the video of this amazing and fantastic project idealized by the folks at National Geographic and the reporter Peter Chinn.