“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.
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.
A male Bactrian Camel calf is now on exhibit at Minnesota Zoo. Born March 7 weighing a whopping 125 pounds, the calf – who hasn’t been named yet – has been kept offexhibit with his mother to ensure that he was healthy and gaining weight. Camels usually gain approximately two pounds per day, and will reach adult size (1600–1800 pounds and eight feet tall) in 3-4 years. The gestation period for Bactrian camels is just over one year. This is the fifth calf for mom “Sanya” an
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…