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Spring is around the corner, which means that a lot of animals are having their young. Animals wait till spring to have their babies to make sure that their young have plenty of light to grow and food to eat. The sunny days and spring showers make the plants grow fuller and faster, providing a great food source for most animals. But this isn’t the only reason we decided to write this blog…. We honestly believe that there isn’t anything more adorable than baby animals and we wanted to share our love for animals with our ‘Happy’ family!
So, buckle up and read some of the most important facts you will find on the internet today: baby animal facts!
These little cuties have both the beauty and the brains! Baby pigs are called piglets, a piglet mummy can give birth to around 12 little piglets at a time. Pigs are extremely clever animals! This means that little piglets can be super curious and often get in trouble as they love to play, get dirty and are overall fun little animals. Piglets also have a hard time staying warm, you can often find them snuggled up to their mum or playing hide and seek in haystacks.
Young foxes are called pups and can have up to 10 brothers or sisters at a time! Fox pups can’t open their eyes for 9 days after they are born, they use this time to snuggle up with their mum (the vixen) whilst their dad (the dog) brings them plenty of food and snacks. Pups’ favourite foods are berries and earthworms, although they aren’t usually too fussy about what they eat! Young foxes are extremely brave, and they start practicing their survival skills just a month after they are born, this of course happens under the watchful eye of their parents.
Similar to a baby fox, a baby seal is also called a pup, but the seal mum only has 1 pup a year. When the mother seal is ready to have her young, she digs a small nest where she has her seal pup. Young seals stay on land for up to a month as they wait for their waterproof fur to grow, this fur helps them to glide through water. Seals also grow a layer of fat under their skin which helps them to keep warm under water. That layer of fat is called blubber (we chuckled at this one too!).
Baby raccoons are called kits or cubs. A raccoon mum can have between 1 and 7 cubs at a time. Raccoon cubs are dependent on their protective mother for 3 weeks as they slowly start opening their eyes and hearing. Raccoons are known for their cleverness which gives them the ability to open doors, bottles, jars, and makes them great climbers! Raccoon cubs also have some good habits, for example they are known to rinse their food before they eat it!
Baby black bears.
Baby black bears are called cubs and can have up to 5 brothers or sisters. Bear cubs stay with their mothers for around 18 months. Black bears are born in January but are completely dependent on their parents till spring when they come out as a family to scavenge for food. Black bears have an amazing sense of smell and can often be found standing on two legs sniffing scents (most likely food). Bears build up their fat through feeding in summertime which allows them to hibernate through the winter months in their dens without having to eat!
Baby sheep are called lamb, and a mum sheep (ewe) can have up to 3 little ones. Lambs are born with little tails which they shed as they grow up. Lambs only ever grow their two bottom teeth, that’s why when they reach the age of 2 they start being called ‘two-tooth’ by farmers! As they grow older, they become either rams or ewes depending on their gender. Sheep are very social and intelligent animals; they learn to show facial expressions in their sheep groups (flocks) and are even able to read human facial expressions!
Baby chickens are called chicks. A chicken mum (hen) can have between 10-14 eggs in her nest, they like to keep it to these numbers as they like to be comfortable and cosy when they’re sitting on their eggs. It’s possible for a hen to have up to 50 chicks per year. Chickens are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex! They also have a great memory and can remember up to a 100 different animal or human faces through their lifetime!
Baby monkeys are called infants just like us. They are known to be cute and playful and can often be found riding on their mums back for safety. They are highly intelligent and closely related to us humans. All species of monkeys have opposable thumbs just like humans. Monkeys are social from a very young age and as adults form social groups which are called a mission, tribe or troop. They also have a ‘mostly’ friendly attitude to humans but can sometimes be naughty as they love to play around and frighten animals and people.
If you have any adorable baby animals or facts, you’d like to share with us, please message or tag us via our social media platforms @happylinenco. We love cute animals, and it would make our day!
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