Woodland animal babies of any species are a rare sight. Some are more rare than others. Here are 10 wildlife babies you probably never see.
It’s always a treat to catch a glimpse of a whatetail fawn or baby raccoon, as common as they are. But here are ten animal babies that you might never see in a lifetime of hunting or fishing.
What is the rarest animal baby you’ve ever seen in the wild? What animal baby would you most like to see? For me, I’m still hoping to see a bobcat kitten some day.
Start the slideshow and let the cuteness begin!
Baby badgers are called cubs. Female badgers give birth in March to 1-5 babies in an underground nest lined with grass. The baby’s eyes open when they are four weeks old, and they are weaned by the time they are eight weeks old. The young leave their mother when they are 5-6 months old.
Baby bobcats look much like baby domestic cats. Litters of 1–6 kittens are usually born in early spring. Kittens begin learning to hunt at 5 months old. When they are between 8 and 11 months, the kittens are evicted from their mother’s territory.
Baby porcupines are called porcupettes. Female porcupines have a single baby. Most young porcupines are ready to live on their own at about six months of age.
River otter babies.
A mother otter will retreat to her underground den, called a holy or couch, to deliver a litter of one to six “puppies.” When the pups are only about two months old, their mother pushes them into the water for them to quickly learn to swim. Young otters usually stay with their families until the following spring when the next litter arrives.
Female skunks give birth to a litter of four to six baby skunks, known as kits. The mother skunk raises her babies alone for about eight months before they are ready to go off on their own. The kits produce musk when they are only eight days old, but they are unable to spray intruders until they reach about three weeks old.
Female armadillos usually give birth to four identical pups, all of the same sex. The young are born with their eyes open and are walking within a few hours. They are born with soft, leathery skin, which hardens within a few weeks.
Chipmunk babies are born in litters of four to six pups, without hair, and are completely blind. When born, they are not much larger than a bumblebee. They grow quickly, however, and are ready to leave the nest at around 40 days.
Desert bighorn sheep baby.
Following a five to six month gestation period, female desert bighorn ram give birth to a single lamb. Within a day the lamb can walk and climb as well as its mother, and will stay with its mother for the first year of its life.
Baby goldeneye ducks.
Goldeneye ducklings are often born in box nests. The ducklings leave the nest by leaping to the water below. They can feed themselves and require only protection. Some females abandon their broods soon after hatching, and the young will join another female’s brood.
Baby snapping turtles.
Baby turtles are called hatchlings. A clutch of snapping turtle eggs consists of between 25 and 45 ping pong ball-sized eggs. The sex of the common snapping turtle hatchlings is determined by the temperature at which the eggs were incubated, with warmer incubation temperatures producing female turtles, and cooler temperatures producing males.