Family Three by Peter Stanley: "A mother elephant looks over her two offspring as they graze in Tarangire National Park. Elephants gestation period is 22 months which results in strong mother/child bonds. Family units are led by a matriarch who guides the herd through seasonal migrations and hands down her knowledge to all her kin. This fascinating animal continues to struggle to survive due to the high cost of Ivory in the orient resulting in a resurgence of poaching in the region." via…
After a gestation period of 631 days (21 months), it only took a grand total of two minutes for the delivery of Artis Zoo’s new Asian Elephant calf! New mom, Thong Tai, welcomed the quick arrival of her new baby on October 16
Raccoons engage in gender-specific social behavior. Related females often share a common area. After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young, known as "kits", are born in spring. The kits are raised by their mother until late fall. Their average life expectancy in the wild is 1.8 to 3.1 years.
Weasels are mammals forming the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family. The genus includes the weasels, European polecats, stoats, ferrets and European minks. They are small, active predators, long and slender with short legs. The Mustelidae family is often referred to as the weasel family. Gestation period: 40 - 43 days (European polecat) · 280 days (Stoat) en.wikipedia.org
“The first thing that happens to a baby giraffe when it is born is a six foot drop onto the ground – it’s a hard way to start!” The gestation period for a giraffe is between 400 and 460 days. The mother gives birth standing up – the fall breaks the umbilical cord. The calf can stand and run within a few hours.
Short-Eared Elephant Shrews Deserve a Shnuggle! - This is the Short-eared Elephant Shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus) and it's just too damn cute. Apparently its mate seems to think the same thing, since these are only one of a few mammalian species that are monogamous. That fur does look pretty snuggle-able! The product of two Short-eared Elephant Shrews in love will come pretty fast though, as the gestation period is only 56 days!