25 Animals With Really Long Gestation Times

Pregnancy and child birth are things that are exclusive to women in most cases. All men can do apart from impregnating woman is hover around taking care of her and watching her go through the pains of labor to deliver the cute little baby. This means that men not only miss out on the magic of giving birth but also luckily escape the hormonal changes, the weight gain, the nausea and other such things that are part of a pregnancy.

That and other factors makes most males watch on in awe as a woman puts aside her life, her comfort and goes through some really tough experiences to carry the child for nine months before giving birth to it. While this is really awesome and leaves us gazing in wonderment at the whole process, did you know there are members in our animal kingdom that have a longer pregnancy than those of humans?

Here it is; a list of 20 animals  whose gestation ( period of pregnancy) is longer than that of humans:

Cow:  Actually cows are not pregnant for that much longer than humans; they give birth to the calves after 10 months but even one month counts, right?

Horse: The typical pregnancy for a mare is around 11 to 12 months. It must be really uncomfortable


Sea Lion: Sea lions too deliver their pups after a gestation period of 11 to 12 months. The only compensation is that their little ones are really cute.

Llama:  Again a Llama mama has to carry her young one for about 11 to 12 months. Again something that we assume must be pretty uncomfortable.

Sperm Whale:  The female among the sperm whale have a gestation period of about 14 to 16 months before giving birth.

Black Rhino:  The rhinos that we always wonder about are born after the mother carries the baby Black Rhino for a period of 15 to 17 months.

Javan Rhino: Another one from the same set, but the Javan Rhino is pregnant for even longer  –  a period of 16 to 19 months. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it ? It is

Dolphin: The cute dolphins we are always sighing about take about 11 to 12 months to be born

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