1. This chilled-out sloth
Sloths are known for being extremely slow and chilled out creatures, and it’s clear to see that they aren’t too fussed about life in the fast lane. Sloths spend most of their time hanging upside down from trees in the jungle, but some pregnant mammas like to head down to the ground and laze out with their bulging belly in tow.
The gestation period for these animals is the same for the two-toed and three-toed species of sloth and will take them around six months to grow a fully-fledged baby. Unlike many other animals, sloths will only welcome one young at a time and then stay with them for around half a year before letting them live their own lives.
2. This round raccoon
You’re probably not too familiar with the raccoon, as most people tend to stay away from these animals. However, you can’t deny that this one is pretty cute! Raccoons get pretty huge when they are pregnant, and this is normally because they can carry up to eight little kits in their stomachs.
Thankfully, they don’t have to wait too long to welcome these little ones into their lives, as the gestation period only lasts around 63 days. Once they are born, the mother will stay by their side and make sure that they are perfectly happy and healthy for 8 to 12 weeks before she lets them roam free and do their own thing.
3. This popping guinea pig
There’s a high chance that you’ve had a guinea pig as a pet over the course of your life, and you might even have one in your house right now! If you have, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for any bulging stomachs, because these animals reach maturity when they are just two months old.
This means that you could have some little guinea pig babies pretty soon, but you’ll probably know before the 59 to 73-day gestational period is over. Yep, your female guinea pig will normally blow up into the size of a coconut, due to the fact that most of these mommas have a large litter of between two and eight piglets.
4. This giant giraffe
If you’ve ever been pregnant yourself, you’ll know that it’s not the most comfortable of scenarios to be in. You’re constantly tired, and moving your bulging body around to do menial tasks can be difficult. Well, imagine this with four spindly legs to contend with!
Although giraffes are used to be some of the tallest animals in the animal kingdom, pregnancy can cause problems. They struggle to bend down to drink water from the watering holes around them, and then they have the actual delivery to cope with. After a pregnancy of around 15 months, a giraffe will give birth standing up, which means it’s a long way down for the baby.
5. This see-through frog
Although this picture may not look real, we can confirm that this is a living and breathing frog! However, it’s not exactly the most natural frog in the world. That’s because this frog was ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴍᴏᴅɪꜰɪᴇᴅ by scientists in 2007 to have transparent skin.
Thanks to this see-through skin, the experts could take a look inside the frog and check out its organs and the eggs that sit towards the back of her legs. When a female frog matures, she lays her eggs in the hope that a male will come along and ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢe them. As you probably know, they then become frogspawn, before becoming tadpoles, and then fully-fledged frogs!
6. This pregnant orangutan
Orangutans are the closest living animals to the human being, so it should come as no surprise to learn that their gestation period is very similar to that of the human race. Yes, orangutans will experience a pregnancy of around 8 to 9 months and will display a rather prominent bump in the process.
While they almost always give birth to one baby orangutan at a time, there have been rare occasions where they will have multiple babies. Like humans, orangutans take extremely good care of their young and will make sure that they are cared for at all times. When the babies are around 7 years old, it will normally venture off on its own.
7. This glowing goat
Although goats aren’t known for being the smallest animals in the animal kingdom, there’s no doubt about the fact that this goat is protruding a fair bit! Unlike many other animals in the world, female goats reach maturity fairly on in their lives. They can fall pregnant when they are as young as 15 months old and will go through a pregnancy that will last around 150 days.
Although many goats do welcome one or even three kids into the world, it’s more common for these animals to give birth to twins. Thankfully, the birthing process for a goat is fairly simple. The kid will be born around 30 minutes after she pushes for the first time, and the adorable baby will make its first appearance pretty quickly.
8. This beautiful horse
Horses are extremely beautiful creatures, and it’s amazing to see one with such a prominent baby bump. Unlike many other animals in the animal kingdom, horses only really give birth to one foal at a time – and if you’ve seen a picture of a foal, you’ll understand why!
The gestation period of a horse is around 11 months, and these babies are incredibly strong from the moment they are born. While it may take them a few hours to get up on their spindly legs, they are soon roaming around and feeding on their mother. This continues for around five months before they are eventually weaned.
9. This monk seal momma
Pregnancy can really take it out of you, so we don’t blame this monk seal momma for taking a little breather and catching a few Z’s on the sand. After all, the average pregnancy of a monk seal will last around 10 to 11 months, and that’s a long time to be carrying a pup that normally weighs around 35 pounds!
Because monk seals are enᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed, we can’t help but celebrate when another little one arrives in the water. Lovers of sub-tropical waters, these animals largely reside in the waters of the Hawaiian islands – so keep your eyes peeled if you ever head to the Paradise of the Pacific.
10. This sheepish sheep
You’ve probably seen a huge number of sheep in your life, and you may have even come across baby lambs! These adorable babies are normally born during lambing season, but what you might not realize is that the gestation period for sheep isn’t black and white.
That’s because this gestation period switches between breed differences, and various breeds will take longer than others. However, it’s a well-known fact that a pregnancy will last between 142 to 152 days. Lambs then nurse on their mothers for a few weeks before they are then given the chance to fend for themselves. Of course, this does differ if lambs are brought up as part of farming practice.
11. This cuddly koala
Koalas are pretty adorable, aren’t they? They are cuddly and cute, and it’s safe to say that their joeys are even more cuddly and cute. Although it may look as though this female koala is struggling to cope with the giant bulge around her stomach, the birthing process isn’t too ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀtizing for these animals.
That’s because it takes just 35 days of gestation for her to birth her adorable joey, who then immediately makes its way into her pouch to feed. The baby will then stay in the pouch until it is strong enough to go out into the real world, where it will start to stretch its legs and feed itself. After a year by its mother’s side, the joey will then leave her behind and forge its own path.