The miracle of birth is something that we are all a part of or that some of us will experience at some point in our lives – at least from a parent’s point of view. However, every child and person in existence has to be born of something, and until we manage to find a way to cultivate babies in much the same way as we cultivate yeast or any other organic substance from a chemical mixture, we’ll be stuck with good old-fashioned pregnancy. We’ve all seen women who look like they’re literally ready to burst from carrying around their little miracle. These funny, overly pregnant animal pictures will sum up everyone’s feeling about pregnancy.
Life in the animal kingdom can share many similarities with human life, and being pregnant is one of those commonalities. When animals are just about ready to give birth, the looks on some of their faces are priceless.
This frog couldn’t look lazier with her full breed of younglings secretly hidden away in her womb. Nothing captures that feeling when you can’t get out of bed on a rainy weekend morning or you’ve just had a big meal better than this.
Seahorses are some of the only animals in the animal world that allow for males to give birth to offspring. That means that every picture you see of a pregnant seahorse is actually a male! Can you imagine a world where men casually gave birth to their own offspring?
Apparently, the seahorses seem to have been doing it for quite some time and the men don’t mind taking on the responsibility either. In truth though, they don’t really have much of a choice!
Like any pregnant animal, female seals use more energy when they’re pregnant. This seal seems to have found a warm and wonderful pitstop alongside a cozy summer beach and is recovering in the sun.
We don’t know if seals can smile, but it sure looks like this one is. While seals can spend up to months on the shoreline, this young mother will most likely have to venture out for food again soon before coming back to rest on the beach.
This goat looks like she literally couldn’t move even if she had to! Being pregnant can’t be easy and carrying weight like this looks very difficult.
Apparently, it takes roughly 150 days for a goat to give birth which means this poor creature has to support a load like this for quite some time. An average birth for a goat consists of roughly one to three offspring and can happen at least twice a year if the mother is kept healthy. We hope this one gives birth soon before she collapses!
Mobility can’t be easy when you’re carrying such a large unborn baby in your womb. Thankfully though, these cows don’t have to go much further than the grazing fields.
On average, a cow’s calving season lasts around 60-90 days which is when they’re able to fall pregnant. It’s hard not to imagine being excited about milking a creature like this being chocked to the brim with delicious, healthy milk – but not until after the birth! It’s easy to see why you’d want to stand around all day and chew cud!
Despite being social media darlings, dogs are also some of our closest animal companions – although not genetically. When a female dog is born, it usually takes only six to 10 months for her to become sexually mature unless she’s been neutered.
However, looking at this furball, it would be difficult to tell whether she was just fat and cozy or very, very pregnant! Cold, wet noses are a trademark of our furry four-legged friend, but so are large litters and much like cats, certain breeds of dog can produce up to 13 offspring!
Hedgehogs are some of the most cutest little creatures around. Despite their popularization in pop culture as being speedy, heroic little blue critters, the fact is that they’re rather slow, very nervous, and quite tiny!
Because they give birth to live young and they have to take extra precaution when they’re pregnant to ensure that their babies stay safe. This means keeping away from cold weather, hungry predators, and naturally – keeping the hunger at bay. You probably also didn’t realize that baby hedgehogs are the most adorable things ever!
The miracle of childbirth is something that bewilders all of us every year. However, at this point, I’d say this monkey mother would be happier to just give birth to her young rather than carry them around like this for much longer.
A Macaque’s pregnancy can last for around 160 – 173 days depending on the region that they’re in. As you can imagine, that’s a long time to be carrying that much weight around for. Thankfully, she can rely on her troop to bring the food.
Jaguars are known to be some of the fiercest and toughest animals in the wild, but if you had to stumble upon this creature out in the wild you’d be grateful!
While jaguar mothers can be incredibly dangerous after having given birth, looking at this one, we’d say you’d probably be fine so long as you didn’t get too close. Hunting can be a challenge for a pregnant mother as prey is typically quite large. Because of this, they generally tend to hibernate throughout winter.
On average, a giraffe pregnancy lasts around 14-15 months, which is a ridiculously long time to be carrying around an unborn child for. Giraffes tend to prefer grazing in grasslands and along riversides, which often makes them a primary target for crocodiles, lions, and other predators.
Because of this, giraffes tend to stick together, especially when a female is pregnant. Male giraffes have been known to bash their necks against one another in order to claim a female partner, sometimes even resulting in death.
Gorillas are known as the apex in their species and often tend to dominate their natural habitat and are known to be incredibly territorial. Very little was really known about these animals until Jane Goodall ventured out in the wild to capture and log data of these then-feared creatures.
Out in the jungles of the Amazon, she managed to record gorillas in their natural habit and showed how loving, protective and caring gorilla parents could be – so long as you didn’t come between them and their young!
Meerkats are known for their cute group instincts and tend to live, hide and tunnel together. This makes it easy for them to look after one another as well as keep watch over the group.
Being native to the deserts of Africa, meerkats have a lot of predators to watch out for. However, not having to expose themselves to the elements means that females are able to keep their young safer during pregnancy. This is good news seeing as females can have up to 8 children at once.
When you think of cute animal maternity pictures, bats probably aren’t high on the list of creatures that you’d consider to be popular for calendar shots – at least until you’ve seen this!
This young mother is having her first sonogram test, and as any proud young parent can know it’s a thrilling and exciting experience for anyone. We couldn’t help but wonder whether this would affect the bats hearing or not, but the picture is definitely worth the moment and the laugh!
Ferrets aren’t necessarily the first animals you’d think of keeping as a pet, a lot of people seem to enjoy having them around their homes. However, if you do plan on keeping a ferret for a pet, we would definitely recommend keeping only one around unless you neuter them.
Ferrets have been known have huge litters and can, at times, produce close to 16 ‘knits’ or babies per pregnancy. So unless you want to go from having one cute pet to a whole new family living in your home.
Zebras are native to the grasslands of Africa and are often at threat from a large number of predators. Because of this, the chances of a pregnant zebra female making it through childbirth are a lot smaller.
Even if she stays close to her partner, low water supply and a wide array of predators means threats can come at any moment. Because of this, zebras tend to group together and keep females in the center of the pack, while males defend the outside.
Because orangutans aren’t as domineering as gorilla’s in nature, they tend to be more communal in nature. In fact, researchers have noticed how dominant or ‘alpha’ males in orangutan groups win respect and power from within their group by being more considerate and kind to their fellow orangutans.
Even though orangutans technically live the most solitary lives in the wild out of most chimp species (or great apes), their natural group dynamics allow them to raise young in relatively safe conditions.
Lions are known to hunt in packs. However, it is also true that they live the majority of their lives in a pack or a herd, at least until the dominant alpha is replaced or moves on to another group.
During this time though, it is not uncommon for a male to have many children via one female, but ultimately, younger lionesses help with bringing home the food while heavily pregnant females stay home with the alpha until they’re able to get back to the hunt.
As animals, Prairie Dogs tend to burrow in order to keep their numbers limited so that they don’t encounter any competition from other males. Their tunneling systems generally keep them safe from predators, however, whenever the males forage for food, their vulnerable.
Because of this, they’re one of few species that allow for large-scale dwellings (much like towns) where families can help raise each others’ young. Each town can consist of around 15-20 families and each family consists of at least one male, three females, and two to four offspring.
Cat owners know how precious cats can be about their things. But anyone who’s ever owned a pregnant cat will know just how serious they can get about their things when they’re expecting.
Cats are known to produce reasonably large litters, but because most kittens can become sexually mature at a young age, much like ferrets or dogs, it’s a good idea to neuter them if you don’t want to keep their breeding under control before things get out of hand.
Pregnant Hairless Cat
Hairless cats are known by many different breeds, but the most common that you’re likely to encounter is the Sphynx. These cats literally scream money and owning is usually as expensive as the kind of lifestyle you need to lead in order to keep one in your house.
While some may find these cats rather ugly to look at, others find them incredibly exotic or funny – but one thing’s for sure a pregnant Sphynx looks like something you’ll only see once!
Pregnant Couch Potato
If you’re dealing with all the additional weight of having to carry an entire litter around in your belly for a number of months, there’s nothing quite like reclining on the couch in the comfort of your own (owner’s) home while you laze the day away in between meals and snacks.
However, there’s nothing worse than settling into your favorite position, finding the TV on already, and then realizing that the remote is still on the coffee table! This poor cat looks like it literally cannot move more than an inch at this point!
Pandas are a symbol of the East and are treasured as revered creatures by governments in those countries. Due to the fact that she belongs to a small group of otherwise rare and protected animals, the government goes through a lot of trouble to ensure that she and her offspring will be raised in a safe and protected environment.
However, it seems that there’s little they can do to help her deal with being so utterly pregnant and her laziness seems pretty self-evident at this point. Good luck mama panda!
Sheep love nothing more than grazing in a peaceful field and…well, we’re not actually quite sure what else sheep enjoy doing – but it seems like quite a peaceful lifestyle for the most part.
When a female becomes pregnant, she tends to graze more towards the center of the herd as a means of keeping herself safe from predators. However, every now and then they may feel the need to break away from the herd and get some personal space – which is what this sheep seems to be doing. Who said you can’t exercise while you’re pregnant?
It’s often difficult for us to picture underwater creatures as being pregnant, but a lot of people tend to forget that dolphins are mammals as well. They’re some of our closest cousins underwater and can almost always be seen having positive interactions with fellow humans.
Being bred in captivity often means having less freedom than the ocean-living dolphins out there, but there are a number of perks to living in a controlled environment. Free food, medical checkups, and safer waters mean that this momma can smile happily knowing that her youngsters are safe and sound.
Sloths are well known for being some of the slowest and laziest animals in the world! While they can’t really help being this way, as it’s just their nature, the truth is that making a life for yourself at this kind of pace can have its advantages and disadvantages.
One main disadvantage is that being pregnant for a sloth means living life at an even slower speed – if you can even imagine that! This sloth mama looks like she wouldn’t move unless you picked her up.
Raccoons can be highly annoying to have around your home. They’re known for busying themselves in your trash and will often try to break in and steal a few tasty snacks or sometimes even just see what life is like inside your home (like really pesky real estate agents).
However, this pregnant momma raccoon certainly doesn’t look like she’ll be performing any dramatic capers anytime soon with a belly that large! We’d be surprised if she could even make it across the lawn looking that pregnant!
Elephants are some of the largest mammals that walk the face of the earth. These big, beautiful creatures are passive herbivores who are known to live for a relatively long time in the animal kingdom. But as you can imagine, being such a large creature means that giving birth to live young must be a seriously stressful process for these passive creatures. This pregnant elephant looks like she’s literally fit to burst with her young calf. Sooner than later would be better!
The hippopotamus is thought of as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, despite it’s otherwise calm and lethargic demeanor. This is because of the fact that they often hide just under the surface of the water and people in boats accidentally get too close without seeing them, causing them to attack. PRegnant Hippo’s are thought to be the most dangerous up close, so it’s best to leave this big momma where she is and mind your way! It’s a jungle out there after all…
Hyenae are some of the fiercest scavengers in the animal kingdom and they’re known for being particularly aggressive. Hyenae are also known for being incredibly protective over their young and because of the fact that mother often have to scavenge food from other animals, they tend to hunt in packs. This is a rare photograph of a pregnant female hyena in her natural habitat. Be sure to listen out for their iconic laughs if you ever find yourself in the wild!
Pregnant Beluga Whale
The Beluga Whale is native to the cold waters of the northern Arctic waters and are some of the most beautiful marine creatures that you’re likely to find. They’re calm and passive creatures and are thought to migrate all around the world every year. For a long time though, Beluga’s were hunted for their oil and meat. Now they’re a protected species. That’s great news for this pregnant beluga who seems to be carrying a very healthy baby!
The opossum is one of the largest marsupial species in Northern America and they’re often kept as domesticated pets. They are like large rats that have adapted to the colder climes of North America. Young opossums are usually born at a very early stage in their pregnancy and are often very weak at birth. Because of this, pregnant females tend to find shelter in more domesticated areas for easier access to food – which this momma is enjoying on a highly pregnant stomach!
Kangaroos are one of the national symbols of Australia and they’re often one of the first critters that come to mind when we think about Australia. However, for a long time (and still to today), Kangaroos have been hunted for game and as a means of sport. Thankfully though, in modern times, more have come under protection and as a result, their numbers have increased steadily. This pregnant mother looks like she’s already so tired of carrying her young, that she could give birth any moment!
Deers are some of the most beautiful creatures in nature. For many years though, deers have been hunted as a source of food and fur. While hunting has been controlled a lot more in recent years, many deers are still killed every year as game. Thankfully though, places like Nara Park in Japan have been established as sanctuaries to keep these creatures protected. This pregnant deer came to say hello to a young couples child, almost as though she understands birth on our side too!
When a woman gets pregnant, it’s not uncommon for us to throw a baby shower as a means of celebrating the pregnancy. Bringing new life into this world is an important step for anyone and a great honor. So it pays to celebrate it a little bit! Much like us though, it seems as though dogs enjoy throwing pregnancy parties as well! This owner thought it would be a good idea to dress her labrador up and do a photoshoot! What a dashing cape mom!
While we may not always like to imagine a new litter of scorpions, seeing this amazing process in the wild can be a really beautiful thing. Scorpions are some of the few insects in the world that give birth to live young. An average birth may contain roughly 12 young at a time and the mother has to be very protective over them while they’re still small, as they’re very vulnerable. This mother has resorted to carrying her young on her back – nature’s own SUV!
For centuries now, the fox has been seen as the farmers scourge and the poet’s hero! Foxes are known to survive by hunting fowl or small cattle from nearby farms and have often been cosnsidered as pests. However, spending even a few moments around these creatures will show you that they’re otherwise calm and passive creatures that only hunt to eat. THis pregnant mother fox seems to be smiling happily in the lazy winter sun, waiting to deliver her fresh pups into the world!
Donkeys are pretty slow animals, however, having this much added weight on her legs must be really tough for this pregnant female. The look on her face basically seems to say “When on Earth will I finally be able to get these things out of my womb!?”
A donkey’s pregnancy can last a pretty long time and anywhere from 10-14 months is the standard norm for most breeds. By 3 months they can start to look like this, which means it’s a long time before they’ll actually give birth.
Tigers are beautiful and majestic creatures that stalk the dense, tropical jungles of South East Asia and the Eastern parts of the world, but have also been found in colder, snowier parts of the world.
They’re feared by animal and man alike because of their ferocious appetite and impeccable hunting abilities. In many societies, they are revered as much as they are feared and for good reason. But when we look at this pregnant tigress, we can’t help but see a big, lazy house cat instead!
We often find squirrels in public parks or sometimes even roaming around our gardens, looking for something to nibble on. They’re usually considered very fast and nimble little creatures, but this pregnant mother certainly won’t be dashing up trees quickly anytime soon.
Thankfully though, squirrels are only pregnant for a very short time (39 days usually) – although they tend to give birth to at least four to six young at a time, which means that this mother will have her hands full again in no time.
Pigs are often thought of as being some of the smartest animals in nature. Watching them grow up in their natural habitats can be really disgusting, but in truth, they’re actually very hygienic creatures.
Female pigs have been known to rear an average of 10 piglets twice a year! That’s a lot of little piggies! We suppose it makes sense for them to eat as much as they can before they become pregnant otherwise they might not have enough energy to raise their young.