We all know that newborn human babies closely resemble their parents. But there are the babies who look nothing like their family members. This happens in the animal kingdom too! If mom and baby were standing next to each other, you might not even think they were the same species.
Before they become elegant, bright pink birds, flamingos are born with white and gray feathers and straight beaks. As the flamingo matures, its bill starts to curve downward and its feathers change to pink after about two years.
Of course, you can always find the family resemblance in the nose. But when tapirs are born, they have distinctive white spots and stripes covering their bodies. And as the juveniles grow into adulthood, they lose their festive markings.
3. Ladybird beetles
This creepy crawly beetle actually turns into a ladybug, also known as a ladybird, later on in its life. After hatching from the egg, the larva sheds its skin and then attaches to a plant to form the pupa after 21 days. Then, after five to seven days, it hatches into an adult ladybird.
4. Grey seals
Yes, adult and baby seals have similar shapes (just very different sizes), but grey seal babies are a completely different color than their parents. Seal pups are small, white, and fluffy. Their parents are large, grey, and sometimes speckled. The thick layer of fluff helps to keep the seals warm in the cold weather until they gain enough blubber. They don’t stay this tiny for long though because they gain three to five pounds every day from their mother’s milk.
The process in which a tadpole turns into a frog is called metamorphosis, and it is an amazing transformation.
6. Silvered leaf monkeys
Silver leaf monkeys are born with orange fur and a white face and white hands and feet. Their skin changes color to black, just like their parents, within a few days of birth. Their fur changes from orange to black after about three to five months.
Baby emus are covered in cream-colored stripes and spots. A fully grown emu is much less colorful. The feathers lose their pattern and become a dusty brown.
Swans are the inspiration for an entire cultural impression about changing looks. The babies can appear as a dirty grey. That is until they grow up to be the elegant snow-white birds we are all familiar with.