Pregnancy is a joyous occasion that should be celebrated by anyone lucky enough to be blessed by it. But just because it’s a happy time, doesn’t mean that troubles don’t follow it as well. While it might be slightly unpleasant for the mother-to-be to get hugely rotund, it gives the rest of us the chance to admire their strength and laugh at how painfully cute they look when they waddle around. Like humans, all animals have their own little oddities and quirks when it comes to pregnancy, but one thing we all have in common is how adorably fat we all get.
Much like humans, orangutans carry their babies for about 9 months. Unlike humans, the young breastfeed for about 5 years and then leave their mother at 10 years old – must be nice not to have to worry about saving up for college tuition.
As with most small dogs, dachshund pregnancies last for only about 60 days. Sometimes their belly grows farther than their little legs, making it extremely difficult to walk – at least they don’t have to worry about trying to fit their swollen feet into their shoes.
You think nine months is a ridiculously long pregnancy? Try keeping that bun in your oven for two years like an elephant!
While people generally think of rabbits as prolific breeders, guinea pigs become sexually mature at three weeks. That combined with the fact that its very difficult to outwardly judge whether a female is pregnant, be cautious if you’re thinking of purchasing one from the pet store – many an unknowing customer has brought home a guinea pig with some free ones on the way.